Echocardiography and Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension: A Detailed Look

Internal anatomy of the pulmonary arteries

An echocardiogram (or echo) is an ultrasound-based test that can tell us a great deal about your heart.  By bouncing and receiving ultrasound waves off your heart and adjacent structures, we can generate images of your heart.  We can learn about the size and function of the right and left side of your heart and the valves. We can estimate pressures but not directly measure … [Read more...]

Exercise and Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension

Caregiver excercise

A common question that I am asked by patients is how much activity can they safely perform.  What type of exercise is safe?  Should patients exercise?  In the past, patients with heart and lung disease were advised to avoid exercise.  We now know much better!  Not only does exercise improve your stamina, it also improves you muscle strength and sense of well-being.  During … [Read more...]

Pulmonary Embolism and Pulmonary Hypertension

It is important to assess the right ventricle of the heart of PH patients

A recent reader of PulmonaryHypertensionRN.com wrote in with an excellent question that I suspect is on many patients minds.  Pulmonary embolism (a blood clot in your lung) is a very common medical problem.  Occasionally this can lead to pulmonary hypertension in a few percent of patients.  The larger the blood clot the greater the likelihood that if you had an echocardiogram … [Read more...]

3 Benefits of Pulmonary Hypertension Support Groups

PH Support Group

A pulmonary hypertension support group is a group of patients with PAH coming together to learn about and support patients with pulmonary arterial hypertension. The idea of attending a support group can seem scary and intimidating, Potential participants worry about what types of people will attend and if they will be required to speak during the meeting. Patients that can … [Read more...]