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Confused about Stiff Heart, Diastolic Heart Failure, or HFpEF?
In general, a good rule of thumb is to exercise at 60% of your aerobic capacity-the easy way to tell is to exercise at a level that you can still speak in a seven word sentence.
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I am new to this conversation and to my diagnosis of Heart Failure with Preserved Ejection Fraction. I came from Florida to Mayo Minnesota and received my diagnosis. Best care at Mayo/MN I have ever received and I have been in the health care field for over 40 years. Before coming to Mayo, I started pulmonary rehab. My cardiologist ordered it because she said my problem was pulmonary, not cardiac. That did not prove to be true, but it was the so helpful because in pulmonary rehab you are closely monitored and told to 'be the turtle', taking your time and doing the exercises correctly. I did all the same exercises I had been doing before, but I did them slower and rested in between. I could do the exercises and weight lifting under supervision and my shortness of breath has been substantially reduced. I now have my home set up like the rehab and slowly stay active. I hope this helps someone as we each need to find what works best for us.
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