Everyday tasks can be tiring when you have COPD, heart failure, or another long-term (chronic) condition. You may feel at times that you've lost your ability to live your life. But learning to conserve, or save, your energy can help you be less tired.
Conserving your energy means finding ways of doing daily activities with as little effort as possible. With some small changes in the way you do things, you can get your tasks done more easily.
Some treatments are available that might help. Pulmonary rehabilitation can teach you ways to breathe easier. Cardiac rehabilitation can help make your heart stronger. You also may want to see an occupational or physiotherapist. The therapist can give you more tips on building strength and moving with less effort.
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if you have any problems.
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Current as of: May 12, 2017
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& A. Evan Eyler, MD, MPH - Family Medicine, Psychiatry
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