Lungs & Airways

Patient/carer input need for an updated Cochrane review on exercise-based rehabilitation programmes for pulmonary hypertension (PH)

Skills / interests: Consumer (public, patient, carer) input

Background

Pulmonary hypertension (PH) is a condition in which the blood pressure in the arteries that carry blood from the heart to the lungs is elevated well above normal. Often with a gradual onset, it affects individuals of all ages, significantly reduces quality of life and results in premature death.   

Exercise-based rehabilitation programmes include aerobic and strength training elements are designed to improve both aerobic capacity and muscle strength. 

Objectives

This updated review looks at the efficacy and safety of exercise-based rehabilitation for people with PH.

Key message

In individuals with pulmonary hypertension who are medically stable, exercise-based rehabilitation is most likely to be safe and improve quality of life.  The evidence suggest that exercise-based rehabilitation may result in a large increase in exercise capacity and a reduction in mean pulmonary artery pressure.  

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We are looking for a patient with a diagnosis of pulmonary hypertension or someone who personally cares for someone with the condition.

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