The Pulmonary Hypertension Association’s (PHA’s) health and wellness series, PHA Connects: COVID-19 and Your Health, aims to educate and support our pulmonary hypertension (PH) community during the COVID-19 pandemic. PHA Connects provides patient education, live interviews and online events that matter to your health and wellness today. You can find additional COVID-19 resources at PHAssociation.org/COVID-19. PHA Connects is made possible through the support of our sponsors.
PHA Connects: Tips and Tricks to Maximize Your Energy
Finding the right balance between activity and rest is a challenge for pulmonary hypertension (PH) patients. How can PH patients enjoy daily activities without overexerting themselves? Join the Pulmonary Hypertension Association (PHA) at 7 p.m. EDT on August 7 for a virtual town hall on “Tips and Tricks to Maximize Your Energy,” with nurse Rosemary Tsacoyianis and PH patients and PHA support group leaders Evette Britton, Lesley Shaffer and Amy Torgerson. Drawing on their professional and personal experiences, they will share strategies to find a balance that allows PH patients to enjoy life, engage in meaningful activities and prevent tiring themselves out. Get tips to manage everyday tasks and make the most of each day.
Evette Britton is a wife, mother and grandmother. Diagnosed with PH in 2005, she has led the Nashville (TN) PH support group for 10 years. Evette also has lived with scleroderma since 1997. Before the pandemic, she enjoyed planning trips with her husband. To pass the time during COVID-19, she has been binge-watching shows on streaming services and looking forward to the day when she can travel again.
Lesley Shaffer was diagnosed with PH in January 2019. She is a co-leader of the Kansas City support group and participates in the Kansas City O2breathe Walk. Her tips to maximize energy are to take medication as directed and listen to your body.
Amy Torgerson was diagnosed with PH in April 2019. She is a co-leader of the Kansas City support group, participates in the Kansas City O2breathe Walk and has been a panelist at PHA on the Road. Her tip for maximizing energy is to get stronger through daily exercise.
Rosemary Tsacoyianis, R.N., M.S., is the nurse coordinator of the Pulmonary Hypertension Program at Tufts Medical Center in Boston. She has volunteered at PHA on the Road, Breakfast with the Expert and the Boston O2breathe Walk. She advises PH patients to pick one meaningful task to accomplish per day and if necessary, divide the task into several days.