The Doctor Is In: Pulmonary Hypertension & COPD - New York News


The Doctor Is In: Pulmonary Hypertension & COPD

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( - On Wednesday, join Deena Centofanti and experts from Henry Ford Health System as they discuss yoga for pulmonary hypertension patients and COPD patients.

Beginning at 8:35, ask your questions in the chat room above.


Rana Awdish, M.D.
Henry Ford Hospital Pulmonologist

Julie Levinson
Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital,  Certified Yoga Instructor 

  Henry Ford Hospital pulmonologist Rana Awdish, M.D., has tailored a series of yoga exercises for patients living with pulmonary hypertension.

Pulmonary hypertension, or PH, is high blood pressure in the lungs. The blood vessels in the lungs become narrowed and the heart has to work harder to pump blood through them.

Common symptoms of PH include shortness of breath during routine activities like walking up stairs, fatigue, chest pain and a racing heartbeat. As PH worsens, symptoms may limit physical activity.

Dr. Awdish says the yoga exercises are "modified specific for PH patients, and can be done safely." Even patients on oxygen can perform these exercises, she says. The

40-minute program includes three yoga exercise levels and a nutrition and lifestyle discussion.

PH has no cure. However, the earlier PH is treated, the easier it is to control. Treatments to relieve symptoms and slow the progression of the disease include medication, surgical procedures and lifestyle changes. "With proper medication, patients can live a long and healthy life," Dr. Awdish says.

While the exact number of people who have PH is unknown, it is estimated that there are about 15 cases per 1 million adults. It typically develops between the ages of 20 and 60, and 2-3 times more common in women.

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