I'd recommend speaking with your general doctor to make sure that you don't engage in any activities that will aggravate your spinal condition. But some people find that exercises that are lower impact, non-weight bearing (swimming comes to mind!) could be useful.View Thread
I would recommend that he discuss these symptoms with his doctor. Sometimes when people are experiencing swelling, their doctors will adjust their medications - such as the dose of their diuretic.View Thread
I am a big fan of exercise for people with heart disease or who are at higher risk of developing it, but I strongly feel that any exercise prescription is an individual disease between you and your doctor as to what's appropriate, safe, etc. But I love that you are thinking about it - I would definitely recommend you discuss with your cardiologist as the next step!View Thread
If a person is pacemaker dependent, that generally means that they require their pacemaker to generate the electrically activity necessary to stimulate their heart to beat a rate fast enough to be able to feel good, have a normal blood pressure, and be able to do the things they want to do comfortably. For some people, this can mean that their heart does not generate any heart rhythm without the pacemaker - but for others it could mean that their heart generates a slower rhythm, and the pacemaker just speeds it up a bit.
The batteries are pretty amazing - they can last a long time - the doctors will check the battery every three months to make sure it is not wearing out more quickly. Pacemakers generally work very well, and tend to improve people's overall quality of life and may extend life too. Take care and all the best to your mom.View Thread
Atrial flutter with 1:1 conduction can put a person at risk of passing out, having a heart attack, or developing a reduction in heart function over time.
Ablations can be a very good option for atrial flutter, as they are low risk and generally curative, such that the person does not need to take medication in the long term to treat the heart rhythm. It's true - there are low risks to any invasive procedures. But in some cases they can be the better option.View Thread