Save Energy and Breathe Easy

Save Energy and Breathe Easy

Many people with heart or lung conditions get tired very easily. Follow these suggestions to help you feel your best.

Save Energy

  • Plan your activities
  • Rest four to ve times a day
  • Do not be afraid to ask for help
  • Wait for one hour after meals to do activities
  • Sit on a stool when showering, shaving, preparing meals, etc.

Breathing Easier

Use these positions if you get short of breath:


  • Rest your feet at on the oor
  • Lean your chest slightly forward
  • Rest your elbows on your knees or rest your chin on your hands
  • You may also rest your arms on a table or your head on some pillows


  • Lie on your side with a pillow between your legs and elevate your head with pillows 
  • Lie on your side with three or four pillows beneath you


  • Stand and lean forward, resting your arms on the back of a chair
  • Lean the lower half of your back against a wall, with your feet 12 inches in front