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Hi:)

I was wondering....even if many of us feel bad during and after exercise, do we still get the beneficials from working out? Like better condition, stronger heart, lower risk to get heart disease, diabetes etc?

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Exercise is important for POTS patients, although many of us are exercise intolerant. For those who can exercise, it helps alleviate POTS symptoms by conditioning the muscle tone of leg muscles important for venus return (getting blood to move against gravity in its travel back to the heart after delivering nutrients and oxygen to the tissues). Weaker muscles means worse POTS symptoms for most people.

As for how exercise affects other systems and functions in the body, I don't know. But it makes sense that our lungs and heart etc need vascular toning up just as much as a regular person.

Good question.

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Although I often feel poorly while I'm exercising, and afterward I might feel exhausted for an hour or two, I do find that generally speaking I feel better when I exercise a few times a week. Even walking slowly helps me have less severe symptoms.

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