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How can you exercise safely if you have heart disease?

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If you have heart disease, ask your doctor about any exercises you should avoid, like pushups and situps. They strain muscles against other muscles or a heavy object. Also ask if chores like raking, shoveling, mowing, and scrubbing are off-limits. Chores around the house can drain some people. Do only what you can do without getting tired.

Some drugs can greatly affect how your body handles exercise. You may need to wait until all your heart problem symptoms go away before you get back to your normal routine.

SOURCES:

National Jewish Health: "Cardiac Conditions: Safe Exercise for Patients with Heart Disease."

NIH News: "Exercise Is Safe, Improves Quality of Life in Patients With Chronic Heart Failure."

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: "Your Guide to Living Well With Heart Disease."

Reviewed by James Beckerman on April 26, 2018

SOURCES:

National Jewish Health: "Cardiac Conditions: Safe Exercise for Patients with Heart Disease."

NIH News: "Exercise Is Safe, Improves Quality of Life in Patients With Chronic Heart Failure."

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: "Your Guide to Living Well With Heart Disease."

Reviewed by James Beckerman on April 26, 2018

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