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When should you stop exercising if you have heart problems?

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Stop your exercise or chore if your heart is beating quickly or irregularly, or if you have heart palpitations. If you feel pain during exercise, don’t ignore it.

Stop and rest if you:

If your pulse stays above 100 beats per minute after 15 minutes of rest, call your doctor.

  • 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

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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