I'm adjusting to the new me, with, to quote, 'extensive scarring and fibrosis' in my heart (from pneumonia). This has also led to atrial fibrillation, although I've knowingly had this only twice in two years. Multiple tests and cardiologists later, I'm now on 5mg Ramipril (ACE inhibitor) and 5mg Bisoprolol (beta blocker).
I seem to have settled on my medications, with a steady resting heart rate in the mid 50s. I'm in my late thirties and I have young children. I want to ensure I'm as fit and healthy as I can be, for as long as I can be. My cardiologist thinks I can get back to exercise, but only up to 'moderate' intensity, i.e. so I can still hold a conversation. I'm writing to ask about other people's experience in this situation (if we assume we can ever compare these things). My questions really are about exercise and condition progression.
1. If you suffer from heart failure, what exercises do you do?
2. Have you found anything that slows or improves heart failure (other than the drugs?), e.g. type of exercise, foods to avoid etc.
Finally, I'm finding myself quite breathless at times, unrelated to exertion. Indeed, often when I'm just sat down. Is this the heart failure, and so the drugs should be increased, or the drugs (so they should be changed or decreased)? How can one tell?
As always, thanks for any advice.