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Posts Tagged ‘cardiovascular’

Celebrex ad

Celebrex ad

Celebrex is reported to be the top selling arthritis drug with sales exceeding $2 Billion annually.

One of the most alarming side effects of Celebrex is an increase in blood pressure.  Increased blood pressure or hypertension has been reported in 3.9% to 13.4% of patients.  Persistent hypertension can lead to heart failure, stroke, myocardial infarction, arterial aneurysm, and chronic kidney failure.

Any reputable doctor will explain that the best way to ease the pain of your arthritic knees is with exercise and weight loss.  Think about what happens when an overweight person who does not exercise takes a drug that will increase their blood pressure.  Their knees might feel better but for how long?



Cross Country Skiing

Cross Country Skiing

Cross Country Skiing is a healthy sport and a tremendous cardiovascular activity.  It is enjoyed by people of all ages and activity levels.  It is a total body work-out, calorie burner, muscle strengthener, and knee pain reliever.  Cross country skiing combines an upper and lower body work-out by pushing and pulling with all the major muscle groups.

Cross country skiing is a safe and low impact form of exercise.  There is very little pounding on the feet, ankles, and knees.  The exercise consists of a steady gliding motion, without sudden motions or twisting movements.  For people suffering from osteoarthritis in their knees who can’t travel south for the winter it maybe just what the doctor ordered.  Get outside, get some exercise, and try something different.  Your knees will thank you.



Aerobic Exercise

Aerobic Exercise

Ready to pick up the pace?  There are ways to get more out of your low impact exercise.  If after 30 minutes of walking you feel like you are ready for more, try walking with long strides, while moving your arms and shoulders.  If your stationary bike needs a little spice try adding light weights to your ankles.

Cardiovascular exercise strengthens the heart and lungs.  It is performed at a moderate level of intensity for extended periods of time.  Cardiovascular exercise can definitely be achieved at a low-impact level.  You just need to find what makes you sweat without stressing your knees.

If you want the pounds to melt off your body and make your knees feel better bump up your heart rate.  A cardiovascular component to your exercise program is important if you want to seriously treat the pain associated with your knee OA.  If your knees hurt too much to achieve an elevated heart rate and a good sweat, try a knee brace.  A bio-mechanical knee brace can stop your pain and allow you to exercise.