Are there things that one can do to help with PH? So far, I really don't have any symptoms but that does not make me worry any less about it advancing. Exercise, special diet, supplements? Also, ideas to help with stress as this is so new to me so I am not sleeping well and my usually low body blood pressure is running quite high. I am currently seeing a PH specialist at Mayo Jacksonville but it is such a long drive and it sounds like I will be doing follow-up during the long haul for some… read more
Best thing is to ask your Dr. It's good that you have been diagnosed at what seems early, before symptoms. I have PAH. I would recommend to you to follow a heart healthy diet. Avoid sodium and watch your water intake. There are pulmonary rehab exercises that will help keep your core muscles stronger and make breathing easier. My exercises were treadmill, recumbent stepper, and arm exercises with weights. I was surprised that only doing 2X a week and sporadically at home my activity improved. Keep a positive attitude. You can keep this at bay.
No we are waiting on doing the RHC but I may want to go for it as not knowing is very stressful. Thanks for reaching out.
Did your pulmonologist perform a right heart catherization? I have pulmonary fibrosis and had been under the care of my pulmonary Dr. After one bout of pneumonia he thought I had PAH and referred me to a PAH specialist who performed the catheterization to determine if I indeed had PAH. I understand that is the only way to be positive one has high pressure from heart to lung.
Yes, regarding the water. If you start retaining water it can cause shortness of breath. COPD, congestive heart failure are impacted w/water as is my PAH. So, maybe to put off symptoms watch water??? But, your Dr. should advise you.
I was also diagnosed with PH..when my old cardio retired the new one did an echo and was very vague about the PH..so I saw apulmonologist who again did lots of tests ..I never had any symptoms till the diagnosis and now I sometimes feel a little short of breath...but I can clean my whole house ( I'm on 4 stories ) steps and than do my treadmill n light weights every night
Could PH be misdiagnosed ...I sometimes think I feel short of breath from the anxiety of thinking n reading about it