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


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. 


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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