Some research suggests that regular exercise may help improve your symptoms, but special care is needed in selecting what exercises may be right for you.
Be sure to talk with your doctor before beginning an exercise program. Your doctor can help you choose the types of exercises that are right for you. Ask if you might benefit from a monitored or supervised exercise regimen, which can help you make supervised lifestyle changes safely.
Here are a few general considerations about exercise for PAH patients:
- Before beginning any exercise program, speak with your doctor
- Never overexercise to the point where symptoms such as shortness of breath, dizziness, or chest pain develop
- Do not exercise your upper and lower limbs at the same time
- If you have severe limitation of activity and/or a history of dizziness and/or fainting during exercise, do not participate in any regular exercise program
- Talk to your doctor before exercising outdoors during hot, humid, or very cold weather
- Remember to talk to your doctor before making any other lifestyle changes, such as altering your diet
A clinic or hospital-based exercise facility may be a good place to start a regular exercise program. Ask your PAH specialist what type of exercise may be right for you.