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Heart Failure And Activity


Why Exercise

One of the ways that patients with heart failure (HF) can feel better is to stay active. In the past, patients were told to rest and avoid many of their common activities. Recent research has shown that daily activity is safe for most people with HF and may improve symptoms and sense of well-being. By staying active, people are often able to do more of the things that they enjoy. Walking, light weight-lifting and water workouts will improve muscle strength and energy levels.

What is Functional Capacity?

Getting Started

Exercise Tips

Monitoring Symptoms

Sexual Activity

References - accessed on August 11, 2010 - accessed on August 23, 2010

Medina, M., Walker, C., Steinke, E., Wright, D.W., Mosack, V., Farhoud, M.H. Sexual concerns and sexual counseling in heart failure. Progress in cardiovascular nursing, December 2009.

Pina, I.L. Cardiac rehabilitation in heart failure: A brief review and recommendations. Curr Cardiol Rep 2010, 12:223-229.

Tabet, J-Y., Meurin, P., Driss, A.B., Weber, H., Renaud, N., Grosdemouge, A., Beauvais, F., Cohen-Solal, A. Benefits of exercise training in chronic heart failure. Archives of Cardiovascular Disease, 2009, 102: 721-730


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American Association of Heart Failure Nurses

1120 Rt. 73, Suite 200
Mount Laurel, NJ 08054
Phone: 888.45.AAHFN
Fax: 856.439.0525