Exercising with Heart Disease and When Not to Exercise

3.50 Exercising with Heart Disease and When Not to Exercise

In this HeartStrong.com video/article, we are going to talk about physical activity and exercise in people who have heart disease or those who are at risk of heart disease.

It is important to know the signs to look out for, when to contact your healthcare provider…and when to call 911. Be sure to talk to your doctor about starting an exercise program BEFORE you get going to be sure there are no issues that will make exercise risky or difficult. Ask for advice about your own specific medical situation and try to get some insight about what symptoms you should look out for and any other tips your healthcare provider may have.

If you have coronary artery disease and want to really get going with aerobic activity, it may be recommended by your doctor that you do a treadmill stress test before starting your program depending on your specific medical situation. In general, it is quite rare for a doctor to tell a patient that they should not exercise, even after heart attacks, heart surgery or if other heart conditions are present. Those rare situations do exist, however, where vigorous intensity exercise can be dangerous, so again ask you doctor first.

Having said that…let’s talk about different symptoms that can occur during exercise and what to do. Then we will talk about some specific heart conditions, what to look for, and what restrictions you may have.


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