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Fall 2018


Helpful Tips for Pulmonary Patients Exposed to Poor Air Quality

Dr. Kristina Kudelko, Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine and Director of Education, Vera Moulton Wall Center at Stanford, gives helpful tips to help pulmonary patients exposed to poor air quality. Bay Area air quality is currently rated worst in the world due to the wildfires burning in both northern and southern California.

Stanford's Main Quad, November 15, 2018. Photo by Roham Zamanian, MD

Facts and Recommendations

  • Poor air quality can trigger cough, chest tightness and shortness of breath. Patients with pulmonary hypertension may not tolerate these stressors well.
  • Air pollutants can lead to flares of lung diseases which are associated with pulmonary hypertension like interstitial lung disease and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). These flares may require extra medications like steroids, inhalers and antibiotics and at their worst, hospitalization.
  • Avoid time outdoors! If you can, order in low-sodium food and groceries, work from home at your computer, call into meetings. Take this time to catch up on a good book or watch a favorite movie. Ask a family member or friend to walk the dog or take out the garbage.
  • Keep your windows and doors closed.
  •  If you have one, this is the time to use  your home air purifying system.
  • If you must go outside, wear a mask. Any mask which covers your nose and mouth is better than none, but N95 masks are considered best for blocking particulate matter in poor-quality air. Check online or at your local drugstores for availability
  • Check your medication supply and order ahead to avoid running out. Be sure to take all your medications on schedule.
  • As always, avoid salt! Request a low-sodium plate at the Thanksgiving dinner table.
  • Pay attention to local news reports and heed advice about evacuation notices. Do not ignore your own safety!
  • Do not hesitate to call your medical provider with any questions or concerns. Don't delay getting help when you need it!

Dr. Zamanian gives talk on ‘Autoimmunity and Inflammation in PAH (Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension)’ at 10th Annual NC Research Triangle Pulmonary Hypertension Symposium

Dr. Roham Zamanian, Associate Professor of Medicine and Director of the Vera Moulton Wall Center Adult Pulmonary Hypertension Program at Stanford, spoke on ‘Autoimmunity and Inflammation in PAH: Contemporary Concepts and Future Implications’ at the 10th Annual North Carolina Research Triangle Pulmonary Hypertension Symposium (Duke University and University of North Carolina).  This was done in partnership with PHA and the Building Medical Education in PH Program.  The symposium took place on November 2, 2018.

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Summer 2018


Lena Bolivar

Q&A with Transplant Patient Lena Bolivar

Diagnosed six-years ago at Stanford, Lena talks candidly about her journey from ‘exercise-induced asthma’ to diagnosed Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension (PAH). She shares her story of pain, resilience and personal strength, to overcome the odds. She credits her great team of doctors, her family, and the clinical trial which added 5-years to her life (prior to transplant).

Edda Spiekerkoetter, MD

New Video Blog Available

Dr. Edda Spiekerkoetter, Assistant Professor of Medicine in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, talks Bench to Bedside Research in this latest video.

Now Available! 4th International PH Symposium Videos

If you missed the 4th International PH Symposium on May 18, 2018, the 15, 30, & 45 minute talks are now available. Catch up on the latest in cutting edge rresearch from Stanford faculty, as well as guest speakers from around the world.

Sponsorship Opportunities for the 18th Annual Race Against PH Available!

If you are a business, company, or individual that would like to sponsor the 2018 Race Against PH, please contact Deborah Aarhus, Race Director at (650) 725-4586.  Whether you are a large corporation or a small community startup we can work with you to find a level of support that is beneficial for all. Both financial support and in-kind contributors are welcome. We look forward to partnering with you!

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