Heart Failure And Activity

 

Why Exercise

One of the ways that people with heart failure (HF) can feel better is to stay active. In the past, people with HF were told to rest and give up many of their common activities. Recent research has shown that normal 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 are types of activities that will improve muscle strength and energy levels.

What is Functional Capacity?

Types and Amount of Exercise

Perceived Exertion Scale

Getting Started

Exercise Tips

Monitoring Symptoms

Sexual Activity

References

http://www.hfsa.org - accessed on August 11, 2010

http://www.aacvpr.org/ - 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

15000 Commerce Parkway, Suite C
Mount Laurel, NJ 08054
Phone: 888.45.AAHFN
Fax: 856.439.0525
Website: www.aahfn.org