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Could pulmonary hypertension get better with exercise?

Could pulmonary hypertension get better with exercise?

Caution: If you have pulmonary hypertension, you might pass out with exercise. Exercise alone is not likely to improve pulmonary hypertension unless it is due to conditions such as obesity, arterial hypertension, or sleep apnea. ...Read more

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Dr. Stephen Scholand
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Hypertension (Definition)

A blood pressure reading has two numbers: a systolic blood pressure and a diastolic blood pressure. The systolic blood pressure is the maximum pressure the blood exerts on the vessels when the heart is beating. The diastolic blood pressure is the pressure the blood exerts on the vessels in between heartbeats. Hypertension, or high blood pressure, begins when the systolic blood pressure remains above 140 or when the diastolic blood pressure remains above 90. Hypertension can be a result of increased blood flow through vessels or increased resistance to ...Read more


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Having all the symptoms of pulmonary hypertension. My breathlessness got worse and my airways feel constricted can I do anything to treat it at home?

Having all the symptoms of pulmonary hypertension. My breathlessness got worse and my airways feel constricted can I do anything to treat it at home?

Breathless: Hi NadiaM, first off, usually pulmonary hypertension is a consequence of a lung disease. There are cases where it is the primary cause, but not as common as the other. At your age, It would be more likely that you are suffering from asthma, allergies, or illness. You will likely need to see your doctor. They will likely get lung tests, xray, and an echocardiogram to check your lung pressures. ...Read more

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My doctor says I have borderline pulmonary hypertension. What can I do to avoid getting worse?

My doctor says I have borderline pulmonary hypertension. What can I do to avoid getting worse?

Depends on type: There are 5 categories of pulmonary hypertension. The most common is related to heart disease. Depending on your category the recommendation can be very different. ...Read more

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If someone had pulmonary hypertension and shortness of breath at rest would it most likely get worse with exertion?

If someone had pulmonary hypertension and shortness of breath at rest would it most likely get worse with exertion?

Absolutely!: in fact many pts with mild-mod PHTN at rest have severe elevation of pressures with mild to mod activity. The cause of the PHTN needs to be determined and then therapy tailored accordingly. ...Read more

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With Exercise Induced Pulmonary Hypertension, what is the statistical shortening of lifespan? all data just talks about untreated PHTN

With Exercise Induced Pulmonary Hypertension, what is the statistical shortening of lifespan? all data just talks about untreated PHTN

Great question: We are just scratching the surface on treatment of PH.. Without having all your diagnostic test results, it's hard to give a firm answer. Given your age, I highly recommend a consultation with a PH specialist. You would be able to get more detailed answers from him/her. ...Read more

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Can exercise induced wheezing without asthma potentially be be caused by pulmonary hypertension? I have a small LA and LV and abormal septal motion

Can exercise induced wheezing without asthma potentially be be caused by pulmonary hypertension? I have a small LA and LV and abormal septal motion

Mgt and workup: I agree that an asthma follow up appointment should be made, but your cardiac history also warrants further evaluation. If there is fluid around the airway, this may mimic asthma. A virtual appointment with EMR can be booked at Healthtap.com/DosanjhMD Code: NCYPHZ ...Read more

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Which calcium channel blocker is most effective for severe raynauds, digital ischemia and exercise-induced pulmonary hypertension? I take 7.5 mg amlodipine but now wondering if diltiazem was better.

Unsure. But: You can always try and see which one works best for you, with the support of you doc. There are many issues that vary the results among different calcium blockers including different absorption and metabolism from a patient to another. We usually use amlodipine but you can tell better if Diltiazem feels more effective for you. Would discuss with my doc regarding a possible switch trial. ...Read more

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What's pulmonary hypertension?

What's pulmonary hypertension?

High BP in the lung: The pressure in the blood vessels of the lung is increased in pulmonary htn. Causes can include heart disease, disease of the lung and primary disease of the blood vessel of the lung. The symptoms are mainly shortness of breath but can also include chest pain and dizziness. The disease can go unrecognized for some time before its diagnosed. ...Read more

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What is pulmonary hypertension?

What is pulmonary hypertension?

High BP in the lungs: High blood pressure (BP) in the lungs is called pulmonary hypertension (ph) or pulmonary arterial hypertension (pah). Pah is a chronic and life-changing disease that can lead to right heart failure if left untreated. ...Read more

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Dr. Charles Burger
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Pulmonary Hypertension (Definition)

Pulmonary hypertension is elevated blood pressure in the lungs and can be a primary problem or due to other causes. The right side of the heart pumps blood to the lungs and if the BP in the lungs is elevated, the right side of the heart can often fail over time. Pulmonary hypertension can be difficult to diagnose and usually requires echocardiography ...Read more


Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Exercise Or Physical Activity (Definition)

Exercise is a physical activity that is completed to maintain or improve health. Benefits of exercise include weight maintenance, improving mood, increasing energy, preventing or controlling chronic diseases, promoting better sleeping, and improving sex life and libido. ...Read more