Exercise Safety for People With Heart Disease

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian, MD on November 06, 2021

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. They 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:

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National Institutes of Health.

University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, Madison.

National Jewish Health.

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