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    • #11443

      As you know, PH is a disease that can easily be affected by certain climatic factors. It is important to keep this in mind to better manage the disease in different environments.

      Learn more about “The Influence of Climate on Pulmonary Hypertension“.

      Do you feel that the climate gets in the way of your PH symptoms? Which time of the year is worse to you? And which one is the best?

    • #11457
      Brittany Foster
      Keymaster

      I definitely feel changes in my breathing. I think it is especially hard in the hotter temperatures of the Summer time. This is usually when I notice the most swelling in my legs and fluid retention in my stomach that makes it harder to breathe. Any time I sweat and the heart has to work harder it is very tough for me. It’s a tough balance of staying in the AC and working on my summer tan!

    • #11476
      Andrew Strunk
      Participant

      Hi Brittany. I put my feet up (elevate) when my legs swell up during the hot weather and find that helps, try it and see how you go.

      • #11480
        Brittany Foster
        Keymaster

        Thanks for the helpful tip! Leg elevation can definitely help to get the blood circulating back to the heart !

    • #11479
      Cris Dingman
      Participant

      I don’t really know about heat, yet. We’re just coming out of a late snowfall or two, and breathing was very hard (and painful) this winter. I’m typically always cold, so look forward to warm every year, in fact, we are considering moving back to Austin Tx area next year. It can be very warm up here in the summer AND very humid. Stay in the a/c, drink lots of water, and keep the legs raised, right?

      • #11481
        Brittany Foster
        Keymaster

        I feel your pain with the winter. It was definitely a long (what seemed like 8 months ) !!! Hoping the warmer weather is a bit easier on the body than being cold was.

      • #11482
        Kathleen Sheffer
        Participant

        I definitely suffered the most in winter. I learned cold air can cause spasms in our lungs so I started wearing more scarves to heat up my neck and the air as it entered my system. Has anyone else noticed being extra short of breath in cold weather? Did wearing scarves help you?

        • #11485
          Brittany Foster
          Keymaster

          I suffered in the winter months too . My doctors advised me to wear a scarf. My walk tests actually were a bit better when it was a random warm day compared to the 20 degree chill we were getting. I can feel the spasms it’s almost like a burning feeling.

    • #11490
      Margie Novak
      Participant

      For me I would have to say the hot summer weather! I live in Pittsburgh and it is an older house that only has air conditioning in certain rooms. One room is my bedroom and if I stay in that room and it is hot and humid (even with the ceiling fan on) my oxygen tubing sticks to my face, my CPAP machine is miserable and it is just terrible. Plus, I like to go out in the summer but to go to the grocery store I have to do either early morning or very late. It is easier for me to go out in summer than winter as in winter I have my big E tank oxygen to lug around and it drags in the water and yucky ground. But, in the summer I cannot cool off fast enough where in the winter I can heat myself up! The humidity is what does me in.. Just feels like you cannot breathe!

      • #11497
        Brittany Foster
        Keymaster

        Margie,
        I agree that the winter and summer both come with their challenges. As an oxygen user myself I can understand the struggle of having the bring the tanks places on the winter especially when it’s so cold out. I find it hard in the summer too because usually I leave my spare tanks in the car , but in the summer I never leave them in the car because I fear the temp will get too hot. The humidity adds extra stress and then when you add in trying to pull the tanks around it’s like a triple workout to just go to the grocery store some days.

    • #11557
      Linda Griffin
      Participant

      I have lived in Colo all my life. I was diagnosed with PAH, PVOD, CREST SYNDROME IN 2010. The winters were terrible, even with scarves around my face, It feels like my lungs were frozen and took me 16mins to1/2 hour to recover. We have now moved to Florida. Been here since last Nov. Breathing better. They tell me the summer month’s here are brutal. Any tips on how to handle the heat and humidity?

      Thank you

    • #11575
      Kaye Norlin
      Participant

      The cold damp air really bothered me, as does the hot humid air. I live in Illinois so, can’t win! I survived with scarves and masks in winter, and air conditioning in summer. I also didn’t go out much in really bad weather. The wind is horrid to deal with as well.

      • #11578
        Brittany Foster
        Keymaster

        Kaye,
        I agree that wind is also a factor that people often forget about! It truly effects me a lot as well and tends to take my breath away (literally)

    • #11580
      Colleen Hall
      Participant

      More swings hot or cold makes me short of breath and exhausted

      • #11581
        Brittany Foster
        Keymaster

        Colleen,
        The extreme weather definitely puts a stress on my breathing too. Especially in New England where the weather can go from 40 to 70 in a day ! The back and forth when the weather is changing bothers me quite a bit !

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