If you have heart failure (HF), you may wonder if physical activity is
good for you. How could putting more strain on your heart and making it
work harder be a good thing? The truth is, moderate physical activity
helps the heart get stronger.
Regular and moderate physical activity, such as walking, swimming or
biking, can improve HF symptoms, reduce stress and increase energy
levels. It can also decrease blood pressure, improve circulation and
help you lose weight—important factors in staying healthy, especially
when you have heart failure.
Being physically active with this condition can be a struggle, and you
may have to follow certain precautions. Talk with your doctor before
starting a physical activity program. If you’re not used to physical
activity and are nervous about starting, your doctor can help you
develop a physical activity plan that fits your needs.
For more information, call 1.866.CALL.MLH.