A question about rest

By Gulcherboy Latest Reply 2013-03-14 16:16:04 -0500
Started 2012-11-07 11:14:15 -0600

I was diagnosed with heart failure a year ago. Since then, one of the most controversial things I do — or try to do — is rest. I find things like grocery shopping, cleaning a room, working a shift all leave me feeling tired. As a heart failure patient, should I ignore the fatigue and do even more work, or should I rest until I feel better and then get up and do more things? What are the consequences of each choice?

Since my family clearly feels it best that I ignore the fatigue and continue working — often while they go off for naps — I appreciate any thoughts anyone would like to share with me!

7 replies

marimoody@rocketmail.com 2012-11-15 00:01:16 -0600 Report

I say if it feels good for you to take a nap… do it… listen to your body, it is telling you exactly what it needs… in response to the others… what is more important, the work you do… or having you in their lives… Good Luck and Blessings sent your way

Pharmacist George
Pharmacist George 2012-11-13 01:26:34 -0600 Report

Hi Gulcherboy,

My first suggestion to you is to get clearance from your doctor on what you can and can't do. There are varying degrees of heart failure and since your doctor has diagnosed you he will know what your limits are.

As a pharmacist and a personal trainer I recommend to not push yourself beyound your comfort zone. The sign of fatigue is a sign from your heart that it's not able to keep up with the work load that is being placed on it and if you push beyound those limits then you maybe putting yourseelf at risk.

You are probably on lanoxin 0.125 mg or 0.25 mg so inform your doctor about the fatigue you've been experiencing and he/she may add other medications to help improve your heart contractility and function.

In the meantime you should work around your physical limitations by balancing physical activity and rest. In other words, if after walking for 5 or 10 minutes you get tired or fatigued then you should rest for a while and then repeat this cycle of small physical activity bouts followed by rest throughout the day and be in control of the variables.

You will need to walk a fine line of not becoming physcially inactive because this will get you heart and body to be less fit and then gain more weight. You also don't want to be overdoing it since this will place a burden and a load on your heart that put you at rsik.

So it's a balancing act. Hope this was helpfull. Take care.

StevenGoodman99 2013-03-14 16:16:04 -0500 Report

Just diagnosed with CHF, Well won't be official until tomorrow, but I have seen all the tests.

Doctor said to get as much exercise as was comfortable, especially easy things that I can still do like walking. The once everything else is under control start ramping things up.

Main thing for me is to quit drinking. But since I now understand everything that won't be a "big" problem. I just need to stay focused.

cpa3485 2012-11-08 13:34:43 -0600 Report

My take on this is that it's okay to push yourself, just don't get too crazy and really listen to your body. You will need to get your endurance up , and the way to do that is to push yourself. I have experienced some strange results at times. For instance, I might take a long bicycle ride and feel really good that day, but really feel totally wiped out the next day or even the day after.
I take a nap almost every day because my body seems to crave it. I try not to worry what family and co-workers think. They generally are very supportive. Just learn to really know what your body is trying to tell you,

HeartHawk 2012-11-07 21:16:33 -0600 Report


That's a great question and one I have always pondered in relation to any condition that produces fatigue. Here's a good article on the subject.


I'll also ask my cardiologist friend the next time I see him. I usually get together with him once a week but he has been travelling extensively to do TV interviews for the best-selling book he just published!


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