5 Tips to Help You Live Well With Pulmonary Hypertension

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by Patrícia Silva, PhD |

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Pulmonary hypertension (PH) is a serious disease. As explained on healthline.com, pulmonary hypertension causes the blood pressure in the pulmonary arteries to become too high, resulting in shortness of breath, dizziness, fatigue and heart palpitations.

Although there is no known cure, the symptoms can be treated through lifestyle changes, medication and oxygen therapy.

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According to My Cleveland Clinic and the Mayo Clinic, there are a number of ways patients can alleviate some of the most debilitating symptoms of the disease.

Get your rest
As PH can cause fatigue, it is important to rest as much as possible to help alleviate this symptom. Nap if necessary, and make sure you go to bed at the same time each night to improve sleep quality.

Don’t smoke
It is important not to smoke if you suffer from PH, and to avoid secondhand smoke as much as you can. It’s also recommended that you refrain from drinking alcohol.

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Watch what you eat
Eat foods that are naturally high in potassium, such as dried fruits, bananas, and oranges; and magnesium, such as peanuts, tofu, and broccoli. Limit your intake of saturated fat, cholesterol and refined sugar. Calorie counting is also an effective method to help keep yourself healthy and reduce your symptoms.

Avoid pregnancy and birth control pills
For a woman, pregnancy can be extremely dangerous both for you and the baby. Birth control pills should be avoided as they can cause clotting. Alternative methods of birth control should be used by women with PH.

Stay up to date with vaccines
Illnesses such as pneumonia and influenza can be extremely dangerous for someone who suffers from PH.

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