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Pulmonary Heart Disease

It is a heart disease resulting from a lung (pulmonary) disorder. It is a complication of lung disorders where the blood flow into the lungs is slowed or blocked causing increased lung pressure. The right side of the heart has to pump harder to push against the increased pressure and this can lead to enlargement of the heart muscle and other problems. Ultimately, congestive heart failure of the right side of the heart can result.

Other chronic lung conditions that can cause pulmonary heart disease are Pulmonary Hypertension, Cystic Fibrosis and Advanced Emphysema.

Lifestyle Choices

1. Making healthy lifestyle choices can improve the pulmonary heart disease patient's quality of life. One hazardous habit that should be avoided is smoking cigarettes. Cigarette smoke can lead to chronic lung disease, which exacerbates pulmonary heart disease. The carbon monoxide from cigarette smoke reduces the amount of oxygen in the patient's blood, resulting in higher blood pressure.

2. In addition to quitting smoking, pulmonary heart disease patients should also exercise daily. Exercise helps the patient maintain a healthy weight, lower cholesterol and healthy blood pressure.

Healthy Diet
*Eating well is a key of living with pulmonary heart disease.
*A strong emphasis should be given on a diet with whole grains, fruits and vegetables.
*In addition, patients should reduce the amount of saturated fat, cholesterol and sodium they consume.
*A well-rounded diet reduces the symptoms of pulmonary heart disease and aids the maintenance of a healthy weight.

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