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Heart Disease: Exercise for a Healthy Heart

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Exercise Precautions

There are some precautions you must keep in mind when developing an exercise program. Here are some tips.

  • Stop the exercise if you become overly fatigued or develop chest pain. Discuss the symptoms with your doctor, or schedule an appointment for evaluation.
  • Do not exercise if you are not feeling well or have a fever. You should wait a few days after all symptoms disappear before restarting the exercise program, unless your doctor gives other directions.
  • If you experience shortness of breath or increased fatigue during any activity, slow down or stop the activity. Elevate your feet when resting. If you continue to have shortness of breath, call your doctor. The doctor may make changes in medications, diet, or fluid restrictions.
  • Stop the activity if you develop a rapid or irregular heartbeat or have heart palpitations. Check your pulse after you have rested for 15 minutes. If it's still above 100 beats per minute, call the doctor for further instructions.

If you experience pain:

  • Don't ignore it. If you have chest pain or pain anywhere else in the body, do not continue the activity. Performing an activity while in pain may stress or damage the joints.

Warning

Stop exercising and call your doctor if you have any of the following symptoms:

  • Chest pain
  • Weakness
  • Dizziness or lightheadedness
  • Unexplained weight gain or swelling
  • Pressure or pain in your chest, neck, arm, jaw, or shoulder 
  • Any other symptoms that cause concern
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Reviewed by James Beckerman, MD, FACC on March 03, 2014
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