Senior Balance Exercises For Stress Testing

By Suzanne Stoke, Physical Therapist @ Exercise For Balance via

    For patients with heart conditions, often times they need to have stress testing performed, which requires good balance, and practicing senior balance exercises can help prepare you for that procedure. Please see with cardiac patients, it is important to monitor how that heart functions during physical activity. As a result, stress testing the heart is an essential procedure. One common means of stress testing involves walking on a treadmill. In stress testing, the heart is monitored by ECG and often imaging studies during an induced episode of increased cardiac demand so that ischemic areas potentially at risk of infarction can be identified. Heart rate is increased to 85% of age-predicted maximum (target heart rate) or until symptoms develop, whichever occurs first. Stress testing is used for diagnosis of coronary artery disease and for risk stratification and monitoring of patients with known coronary artery disease. In patients with coronary artery disease, a blood supply that is adequate at rest may be inadequate when cardiac demands are increased by exercise or other forms of stress. During a stress test, a patient walks on a conventional treadmill until the target heart rate is reached or symptoms occur. As a result, it is essential for the patient to have adequate stability with walking to be able to perform the stress test. Consequently, it is often necessary for the individual to practice senior balance exercises to advance steadiness and limit any potential of falling during the procedure.

Senior Balance Exercises For Cardiac Testing

    In order to gain an accurate stress test, it is essential to practice senior balance exercises beforehand to enhance stability and reduce the possibility of a fall. Since walking on a treadmill involves transferring on and off the machine as well as ambulating on a moving surface, the first step is to establish adequate steadiness with those movement activities. One equilibrium activity that will help with transferring on and off the machine involves standing on one foot and swinging the other foot forwards to practice controlling ones weight shifting. You can advance this technique to include stepping on and off a step. Next, to prepare for walking on a moving treadmill belt, you can walk along a line, heel to toe. In this tandem walking fashion, you will have a narrow base of support, which will challenge the balance reactions at your feet and ankles. You can learn these stability techniques and a series of senior balance exercises by following along with the instruction of a knowledgeable Physical Therapist in the Exercise For Balance DVD.


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

    To develop good stability, begin the best balance exercises with 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

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