Cardiac Rehab: When to Stop Exercising and Call Your Doctor
Exercise is safe and beneficial in your cardiac
rehabilitation program. Exercise helps you return to your normal life. But
there is a small risk of complications. When you
exercise, be sure that you are aware of signs and symptoms that mean
that you should stop exercising and contact your doctor.
If any of
the following symptoms last for more than a few minutes before, during, or
after your exercise session, stop exercising and seek medical help.
Potassium is a simple mineral with a crucial job: helping your heart beat. A hundred thousand times a day, potassium helps trigger your heart's squeeze of blood through your body.
If you have high blood pressure, heart failure, or heart rhythm problems, getting enough potassium is especially important. Although potassium and cholesterol aren't directly related, eating a potassium-rich diet just might lower your cholesterol, too.
Excessive blood pressure (over 240/100 millimeters of mercury,
or mm Hg)
Blood sugar below 80 milligrams per deciliter
(mg/dL) or above 250 mg/dL
Your ability to identify how your body is responding to
exercise and what physical conditions are normal is necessary for your
rehabilitation. It is important that you monitor specific physical information
to be aware not only of your improvement but also of possible complications. If
you have any other physical or medical concerns such as the flu,
backache, or knee pain, it is best that you put off exercising until the
problem passes. You should seek medical advice if it does not.
Primary Medical Reviewer
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer
Richard D. Zorowitz, MD - Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
October 5, 2010
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
October 05, 2010
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