e-Learning Guide - Nutrition & Exercise with PH
We all want to get moving and eat healthy, but where to start? This e-learning guide provides all the how-to information for getting in shape with pulmonary hypertension (PH).
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Yoga for PH
Rana Awdish, MD, and Patricia Fantuz, RN, BSN, of the Henry Ford Health System, received a PHA Lantos Grant to create a modified yoga program for PH patients. Check out the free program:
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Exercising with PH:
- Always consult with your PH specialist before initiating an exercise plan.
- Set reasonable goals with your specialist.
- Use a pedometer to monitor your steps each day – increase number of steps daily!
- Vary your routine.
- Use oxygen as prescribed by your specialist.
- Use controlled breathing techniques to move air in and out of lungs; avoid short shallow breaths.
- Use your symptoms as a guide. Recognize the warning signs of overexertion: dizziness, chest pain, worsening shortness of breath.
- Do not initiate an exercise plan without speaking to your specialist first.
- Do not perform any weightlifting of greater than 15 pounds.
- Do not exercise during humid weather.
- Do not exercise alone.
- Monitor fluid intake. Avoid dehydration/fluid overload.
- Do not become deconditioned.
- Ability may vary each day. Do what you can when you can!
- Do not get discouraged!
December 1, 2014