EXERCISE FOR THE AILING HEART
By Benjamin Jose Celestino Quito, M.D.
It is a common misconception that patients with heart failure should avoid any type of exercise. A lot of heart failure patients often have a long line of medications that they need to be adherent. Most of them are dependent on diuretics to relieve symptoms and signs of congestion. If they are on long term diuretic therapy, these heart failure patients may have derangements in electrolyte balance such as hypokalemia. They often feel dehydrated and weak when they are over-diuresed. Often their quality of life is affected due to the symptoms that they experience. A sedentary lifestyle contributes to the development of heart failure. Some of them become depressed and would not exercise. They are unable to go back to their work or usual activities.
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