When you have
coronary artery disease, it is very important to
exercise regularly. If you aren't already active, your doctor may want you to
begin an exercise program. Ask your doctor about taking part in a cardiac rehab program. Rehab can help you be more active and make lifestyle changes that can lead to a stronger heart and better health.
Even if you can only do a small amount of exercise,
it is better than not doing any exercise at all.
- Talk to your doctor before beginning an
exercise program. Your doctor may do an
electrocardiogram (ECG or EKG) and possibly an
exercise stress test to assess how much activity your
heart can safely handle.
- After you start exercising, stop your
activity immediately if you experience chest pain, feel faint or lightheaded,
or become extremely out of breath.
- Start an exercise program, such
as walking, cycling, or jogging. Try to do
moderate activity on most, preferably all, days of the week. Aim for a goal to exercise for at least 2½ hours a week.
- Exercise can help lower the chance of a heart attack.
complete exercise program consists of aerobic exercise, strength training, and
- Set goals you can reach. If you expect too much, you
are likely to become discouraged and stop exercising.
How can I get started on an exercise program?