Breathing Exercises and Heart Failure

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The 15th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Heart Failure Society of America will include a session entitled “Take a Deep Breath.”   Patricia A. Uber, PharmD, Associate Professor of Medicine at University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD, one of the presenters in this session, will focus on the importance of adequate assessment and active synchronized control of breathing for heart failure patients in her talk, “Should We Teach Patients to Breathe?”

Dr. Uber will discuss the connection between controlled breathing, the autonomic nervous system and neurohormonal control in heart failure patients.  Controlled breathing has been shown to exhibit positive effects on blood pressure and mechanics of the thoracic cage that can improve the overall wellbeing of heart failure patients.

“There are a lot of interesting things you can do with breathing,” said Dr. Uber, “Physicians can teach patients how to synchronize their breath properly and this requires little practice for 15 minutes a day. These exercises can improve the outcome for heart failure patients, and let’s not forget this is an easily available, cost-effective therapy that can really benefit their health.”

Controlled breathing also has other health benefits. In addition to improving heart failure conditions in patients, it can also decrease mind chatter and help patients create a mind and body connection so they can relax and focus.

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