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Heart Disease Health Center

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Safe Exercise for Someone With Heart Disease

What to Watch for When Exercising continued...

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 directions.

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 joints.

Stop and rest if you:

  • Feel weak
  • Are dizzy or light-headed
  • Have unexplained weight gain or swelling -- call the doctor right away
  • Feel pressure or pain in your chest, neck, arm, jaw, or shoulder
  • Are concerned for any reason

Call the doctor if the symptoms don't go away.

WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by James Beckerman, MD, FACC on March 23, 2015
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