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How do I exercise safely?

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Ask your doctor if there are any limits on what you can try.

It's normal to breathe harder and to sweat, and for your heart to beat faster. But if you're feeling very short of breath, or if your heart is beating too fast or irregularly, slow down or rest.

Stop exercising if you feel chest pain, weakness, dizziness, lightheadedness, or pressure or pain in your neck, arm, jaw, or shoulder.

Call your doctor or seek emergency treatment immediately if these symptoms do not go away quickly.

SOURCES:

American College of Sports Medicine: "Exercising Your Way to Lower Blood Pressure."

American Heart Association.

CDC.

Reviewed by Louise Chang on April 14, 2018

SOURCES:

American College of Sports Medicine: "Exercising Your Way to Lower Blood Pressure."

American Heart Association.

CDC.

Reviewed by Louise Chang on April 14, 2018

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