Chronic Heart Failure is the inability of the heart to pump enough blood to other organs in the body. Typically chronic heart failure is caused by the loss of muscle and/or contractility of the heart, increased resistance to ventricular filling, increased ventricular pressure, higher than normal filling pressures, and/or reduced ventricular compliance. Along with these altercations in the heart function, there are several other hemodynamic changes associated with CHF. For example, cardiac output is decreased during exercise or in some extreme cases, during rest.
Chronic heart failure can greatly impact the quality of life for those who are managing it, but a regular routine of exercise provides excellent physical, mental, and emotional benefits to help maintain quality of life and overall wellbeing. According to an article by the American Heart Association, those who are managing CHF greatly benefit from exercise training because it can improve health status, increase the ability to exercise and reverse patterns of muscle damage that are common in heart failure. For more information on the benefits exercise can have on your heart, especially if you are managing a special condition, go to www.americanheart.org.
Recommended SIT AND BE FIT exercises for those who have experienced Chronic Heart Failure: