Author Archives: Wendy Henderson

4 Different Types of Lung Transplants for Pulmonary Hypertension

A lung transplant is usually considered the last option for those with pulmonary hypertension, but if a patient fails to respond to medications, they may be eligible for the procedure. Viable lungs usually come from either patients with no brain function or those who have recently deceased (cadaver). According to the Pulmonary Hypertension Association,…

The Influence of Climate on Pulmonary Hypertension

Pulmonary hypertension (PH) is a disease that can easily be affected by certain climatic factors. It is important that patients are aware of these to help manage their disease in different environments. The Pulmonary Hypertension Association has some helpful information regarding how climate can affect pulmonary hypertension patients. MORE: The Pulmonary…

4 Tips for Caring for Someone With Pulmonary Hypertension

If someone you love has been diagnosed with pulmonary hypertension, you may be concerned with how to best care for them and what you need to do to ensure they maintain a good quality of life. You will inevitably become an integral part of their health care team which may be challenging at times. We’ve compiled…

6 Ways You Can Raise Awareness of Pulmonary Hypertension

Being diagnosed with pulmonary hypertension can be extremely difficult. Readjusting your life after a diagnosis like that can be tricky, but there are several things you can do. Educating yourself is one thing you can — and should — do. November is Pulmonary Hypertension Awareness Month, but there are a lot…

6 Common Symptoms of Chronic Fatigue

If you suffer from a chronic illness, then it’s highly likely that you’ll experience fatigue from time to time. Fatigue is different than just feeling tired, and generally it’s not something that can be fixed with an early night or by resting for a little while. With tips from the pros at …

How Singing Can Improve Your Breathing and Lung Health

You’re probably thinking…singing? really? But according to the British Lung Foundation, recent studies have been focusing on how our bodies respond to music and how they can use it to treat lung diseases. MORE: Six ways to help you take care of your lungs Researchers have found that there are five major benefits of singing: 1.

What Is the Six-Minute Walk Test?

The six-minute walk test is used to monitor patients with chronic lung diseases such as pulmonary hypertension (PH). It’s often part of the screening and diagnosis process and patients with the condition may have to regularly undergo the test to monitor the disease’s progression. MORE: Seven interesting facts about pulmonary…

4 Facts to Know About Pulmonary Hypertension and Pregnancy

Pulmonary hypertension is a chronic lung disease that affects people of all ages, including women of childbearing age. Getting pregnant when you have pulmonary hypertension is considered extremely high risk. The demands of pregnancy put the mother’s health in jeopardy and mortality rates are high — between 30 percent and 56…

This Software Can Predict Heart Failure

Software developed by the Medical Research Council in the U.K. could help save lives by indicating how long a person’s heart will continue to work. Scientists from the MRC London Institute of Medical Sciences trialed the software on pulmonary hypertension (PH) patients. MORE: How is pulmonary hypertension diagnosed? The…

Whole Body Vibration Device Shows Promise in PH Treatment

Patients with pulmonary hypertension (PH) who participated in a trial where they used an oscillatory whole body vibration (WBV) device showed an increased capacity for exercise and improved physical performance. MORE: Dr. Kristina Kudelko discusses whether pulmonary hypertension patients should exercise and the health benefits they may experience if…

Should You Get Tested for Pulmonary Hypertension?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OSTQzmBb4jg In this video from OSU Wexner Medical Center, Dr. Rajive Tandon talks about some of the reasons why people should be screened for pulmonary hypertension (PH). MORE: Hear how pulmonary hypertension develops Dr. Tandon explains that if you already have a chronic lung disease such as COPD or…