Health Tip: Living With Pulmonary Hypertension07/13/11
(HealthDay News) -- Pulmonary hypertension occurs when the
arteries inside the lungs narrow, restricting blood flow and
increasing blood pressure in those arteries.
The U.S. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute offers these
guidelines to help manage pulmonary hypertension:
- Schedule regular checkups with your doctor, and ask questions
about any symptoms and the safety of over-the-counter
- Weigh yourself regularly, and alert your doctor to any
significant or rapid changes in your weight.
- If you smoke, quit.
- Maintain a healthy diet, full of whole grains, fruits and
vegetables and low in fat, salt and cholesterol.
- Get plenty of exercise, but check with your doctor to see if
there is any activity you should avoid.
- To help manage your emotional health, consider working with a
therapist or counselor.
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