living with Pulmonary Hypertension

Healthy living

Living with pulmonary hypertension (PH) is not just about managing your PH – you also need to stay healthy. This can reduce the chance of your PH worsening. It also provides many other advantages in terms of health, well-being and quality of life.

Lifestyle

How you lead your life affects your PH. If possible, you should be getting gentle exercise at least once a day. Ask your healthcare team about what exercises might be appropriate for you. Alternatively, the Pulmonary Hypertension Association (PHA UK) has produced an exercise DVD called Get PHysical. This was specifically designed for people with PH. If you would like to receive a copy, please fill in the publication request form.

Diet and weight

To stay fit and healthy, your body needs a mixture of nutrients and vitamins. The best way to get this is to eat a balanced diet. It is also important to maintain a healthy weight. It can be difficult to manage your weight, especially if PH makes it hard for you to exercise.

To find out whether you are a healthy weight and for guidance on what makes up a healthy diet, visit the NHS’s livewell website.

For some recipe ideas, why not check out Miriam’s Marvels? This is a collection of recipes from around the globe, including some favourites from celebrity chefs. To purchase a copy, visit the merchandise section of the website.

Top tips

Small changes to your lifestyle can make big differences in terms of health benefits.

  • If you exercise less, remember to eat less. If your PH means you can’t exercise, you won’t need as much food as those around you.
  • Try to get out of the house at least once a day. Even a small walk can help.
  • Buy healthy foods that you like. Eating five portions of fruit and vegetables a day doesn’t have to be difficult.
  • Don’t overdo it. Changing the amount of exercise you do is about long-term change; don’t tire yourself out in the first few days.

Resources

www.nutritionist-resource.org.uk
This is a website which has been included in our winter magazine with ideas about healthy living and nutrition.

Last medically reviewed: December, 2015 • Due for review: December, 2018