Senior Balance Exercises For Mitral Stenosis

By Suzanne Stoke, Physical Therapist @ Exercise For Balance via

     Heart problems are common as we age and gentle exercises, starting with a foundation of senior balance exercises, can help with heart health. Please see One heart condition that effect cardiac output is called Mitral stenosis. Mitral stenosis involves the valve that is located between the left atrium and the left ventricle.  To be more specific, Mitral stenosis is narrowing of the mitral orifice that impedes blood flow from the left atrium to the left ventricle. One accompanying result of Mitral stenosis is that it is the almost invariable cause of rheumatic fever. Common complications  of Mitral stenosis are pulmonary hypertension, atrial fibrillation, and thromboembolism. Symptoms of Mitral stenosis are those of heart failure; signs include an opening snap and a diastolic murmur. Doctors diagnose Mitral stenosis  by physical examination and echocardiography. Prognosis for Mitral stenosis is good. Medical treatment includes diuretics, β-blockers or rate-limiting Calcium channel blockers, and anticoagulants. Effective treatment for more severe disease consists of balloon commissurotomy, surgical commissurotomy, or valve replacement. In addition, gentle endurance exercises like walking can be beneficial for heart conditions to increase the strength and efficiency of heart muscle function. For older adults, starting a fitness routine with senior balance exercises to develop an adequate balance ability is recommended.

Foundation Of Senior Balance Exercises

   The ideal way to begin a fitness program is to practice senior balance exercises to establish good stability for a walking program. As an example, you can start equilibrium exercises that involve standing with your feet in a tandem position, one foot directly in front of the other. In this tandem position, the goal is to maintain an upright position for twenty seconds, three times in a row. In this tandem stance configuration, you will notice that your ankles move quite a bit. The movement at your ankles is a natural balance reaction, compensating for the minute adjustments in your body weight. As you gain confidence with this tandem stance steadiness routine, you can progress to tandem walking, where you walk a long a line heel to toe. Once you have mastered tandem walking, your balance skills are ready to hit the walking paths outside. You can learn this progression of senior balance exercises by following the direction of a knowledgeable Physical Therapist in the Exercise For Balance DVD.


Senior Balance Exercises In The Exercise For Balance DVDPractice Balance Exercises At Home

    For individuals with heart conditions, it is recommended to begin an exercise program with the best balance exercises found in the Exercise For Balance DVD. The professionally filmed Exercise For Balance DVD is an exceptional instructional DVD to use at home or in a group setting. The step by step Exercise For Balance DVD comes filled with the best balance and strength exercises needed to enhance senior fitness and to perform basic activities like walking, grocery shopping, standing, stair climbing or to advance to high level activities like skiing, dancing and hiking. In the comprehensive Exercise For Balance DVD, you will learn how to improve balance, steadiness techniques and stability routines from a balance trainer —licensed Physical Therapist— who has worked with balance and dizziness disorders for over 20 years. Get your copy of the Exercise For Balance DVD by clicking on the BUY NOW button

senior balance exercises

   For those with a heart condition, start balance exercises today with the Exercise For Balance DVD to improve balance and prevent falls.

For more information see