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Exercise Precautions for Heart Disease Patients

Exercise is good for your heart, as long as you stay within your cardiologist’s guidelines about what kinds of exercise you can do, and what you should avoid. She may have recommended a cardiac rehabilitation program, which will help you develop a safe workout.

Stop the exercise if you become overly fatigued or short of breath, and let your doctor know.

If you have chest pressure or pain in your chest, neck, arm, jaw, or shoulder, stop exercising and call 911.

If you have pain anywhere else in the body, stop exercising in case it's an injury.

Stop the exercise and call your doctor or seek emergency medical help if you:

  • Have frequent skipped beats or irregular heartbeat
  • Feel weak
  • Are dizzy or light-headed
  • Are nauseous
  • Have blurred vision
  • Have muscle cramps
  • Have trouble breathing
  • Break out in a sweat that's unusual for you
  • Have any other symptoms that cause concern

WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini, DO, MS on May 25, 2013

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