How To Exercise When You Have Heart Disease
- 13 Jun 2018
- #Healthy Heart
- #Heart Institute
Living with a heart condition can leave you feeling vulnerable and hesitant about exercise. Whether you have undergone heart surgery or are taking medication for a heart problem, don’t shy away from exercising, as it is an important part of keeping your condition under control.
First things first, always make sure to consult your doctor about which exercises are beneficial for you and your medical or health condition. Discuss specifications about your exercise routine if:
Also, if you suffer from a heart condition and you find that you cannot perform household chores such as scrubbing, mopping or sweeping, without feeling tired, maybe it’s time you stay away from them until you feel physically more fit.
Certain medications prescribed for heart diseases can affect how your body handles exercise. Ask your doctor if your exercise regimen is compatible with the medicines you are taking.
Don’t overexert yourself if you are unwell or have a fever. Stop any activity if you experience heart palpitations or rapid and irregular heartbeats. Check your pulse after you’ve rested for 15 minutes. If it’s still more than 100 beats per minute, call your doctor immediately. Remember to drink plenty of water and take frequent breaks between exercises.
Don’t feel dejected if you don’t start seeing results all at once. Regular physical activity will improve your health, even if you suffer from heart disease.
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