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Exercise and chronic shortness of breath
I am feeling somewhat short of breath even walking around the house and in normal heart rhythm. Not serious, but I find I'm usually breathing through my mouth. I would like to exercise wisely and feel like I'm being proactive. I won't have my ejection fraction for a few weeks and that may be a factor in how to exercise..? For now, I'd like to do what I can. Thankfully, I've never been overweight but I've also never been an advid exerciser. However, I love walking outdoors. Should I avoid exertion? Any advice?
Thumper2, November 5, 2019 9:11am EST
Canada, my SOB is worse if I DON'T exercise! and vice versa. Do a lot of walking outdoors and see if you can increase your speed gradually. (I use a treadmill, and generally my comfortable speed relates to how well I slept the night before.) As for breathing, it's supposed to be better (with SOB) to breathe each breath IN through the nose and OUT through pursed lips. You can read more about this on Google (or whatever).
All the best, Thumper2 (Judy)
Canada, November 7, 2019 10:24pm EST
Thanks, Thumper2. That makes sense if I'm not short of breath to start with. I love walking outdoors and I'll try to do that especially during those times when I'm not. Thanks for the breathing tip too.
I just saw your reply now when I checked the site. Strange that it didn't come through earlier in my usual email "digest."