Physical activity and AV Fistula injuries

Having an arteriovenous (AV) fistula doesn’t mean an end to physical activity, but it does require careful consideration and adaptations.

What is Allowed?

Patients with an AV fistula can engage in a variety of physical activities. However, they should avoid high-impact sports or activities that put excessive strain or direct pressure on the fistula. Gentle exercises like walking, cycling, or swimming are typically safe.

Risk Management in Sports Activities

When participating in sports or physical activities, it’s crucial to protect the fistula from injury. This might involve wearing protective gear or avoiding certain movements that could harm the fistula area. Communication with healthcare providers about the type of activities planned is also important for tailored advice.

Impact on Daily Activity and Exercise

The presence of an AV fistula may slightly modify how daily activities and exercises are performed. For example, using the non-fistula arm for lifting or avoiding wearing tight clothing over the fistula arm can be necessary adjustments. The key is to maintain a balance between staying active for overall health and protecting the fistula.

In summary, with proper precautions and adjustments, individuals with an AV fistula can still lead an active lifestyle, ensuring both the health of their fistula and their overall physical well-being.