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Thanks for participating in our survey on heart
Below, we would like to share some insights we collected on how to
stay active and mindful when recovering from a coronary artery
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Tips for staying active after suffering coronary
Getting regular, safe exercise when you have heart disease is
important, but the type of exercise you do should fit in with what kinds
of activities work for you. Working out doesn’t have to be an event. It
doesn’t even have to involve changing your clothes. It can be as simple
as walking around during your child’s soccer game, rather than sitting
in a chair and eating potato chips. Take the stairs instead of an
escalator. Park further back at the mall. When you see opportunities
to move, take advantage.
Exercise can make your heart muscle stronger. It may also help you be
more active without chest pain or other symptoms.
What’s always important before starting an exercise program, is to talk
with your health care provider. You need to make sure the exercise
you would like to do is safe for you!
Pace yourself. Don't do too much, too soon. Give your body time to
rest between workouts.
Don't exercise outdoors when it is too cold, hot, or humid. High
humidity may make you tire more quickly. Extreme temperatures can
interfere with circulation, make breathing difficult, and cause chest
pain. Better choices are indoor activities such as mall walking.
Stay hydrated. Drink water even before you feel thirsty, especially on
Skip extremely hot and cold showers or sauna baths after exercise.
These extreme temperatures make your heart work harder.
Avoid exercise in hilly areas. If you must walk in steep areas, slow
down going uphill to avoid working too hard. Monitor your heart rate
closely, and talk to your doctor about what a safe heart rate is for you.
If your exercise program gets interrupted for a few days (due to illness,
vacation, or bad weather, as examples), ease back into the routine.
Begin with a reduced level of activity, and gradually increase it until
you're back where you started.
Fit it into your schedule. Small steps add up!
Exercise has a half-life. The relaxing benefits, lowered blood pressure
and other perks stick around for about 48 hours. After that, you’ll need
to get another exercise “fix” to keep the perks going.
What to Watch for When Exercising
Stop the exercise if you become overly fatigued or short of breath. Tell
your doctor about the symptoms, or schedule an appointment.
Don't exercise if you're not feeling well or have a fever. People with
heart problems should wait a few days after all symptoms disappear
before restarting an exercise program, unless your doctor gives other
Stop activity if you develop a rapid or irregular heartbeat or have heart
palpitations. Check your pulse after you've rested for 15 minutes. If it's
still above 100-120 beats per minute, call the doctor.
If you feel pain while exercising, don't ignore it. Stop when you have
chest pain or pain anywhere else in your body. You could injure your
If exercise puts too much strain on your heart, you may have pain and
other symptoms, such as:
Dizziness or light-headedness
Irregular heartbeat or pulse
Shortness of breath
It is important that you pay attention to these warning signs. Stop
what you are doing. Rest
Always call the doctor if the symptoms don't go away.
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