November is Pulmonary Hypertension Awareness Month! This year’s theme is “PHacing the Future Day by Day!” Pulmonary Associates of Richmond would like to join the efforts to raise awareness about this disease. Read on to learn more!
What is Pulmonary Hypertension?
Pulmonary hypertension (PH) is a rare but serious lung disease. It is caused by high blood pressure in the lungs. This pressure can damage the blood vessels in the lungs and make it difficult for the heart to pump blood through them.
The symptoms of pulmonary hypertension can vary from person to person. They can include:
- Shortness of breath
- Chest pain
- A rapid or irregular heartbeat.
Many people with pulmonary hypertension also experience fatigue and a reduced appetite.
Living with Pulmonary Hypertension
There are a few things that people with pulmonary hypertension can do to help manage their condition. These tips include:
- Eating a healthy diet. It’s important to eat a balanced diet that is low in sodium and includes plenty of fruits and vegetables.
- Exercising regularly. Exercise can help improve your overall health and make it easier to breathe. Talk to your doctor before starting an exercise program.
- Taking medications as prescribed. It’s important to take medications for pulmonary hypertension exactly as prescribed by your doctor.
- Avoiding alcohol and tobacco products. Alcohol and tobacco can make pulmonary hypertension worse.
- Staying informed. Learn as much as you can about pulmonary hypertension and share what you know with others. This will help them better understand what you’re going through! The Pulmonary Hypertension Association provides all the information you need to manage your PH or support someone with PH.
Through education and support, we can help those with pulmonary hypertension live a full and healthy life! Contact Pulmonary Associates of Richmond to learn more.