If you have been diagnosed with heart disease, then you have all the more reason to exercise! Regular exercise has been shown to help:
Remember: Your heart is a muscle that needs to be strengthened. And it’s never too late to start.
Talk to your doctor before starting an exercise program, especially if you have:
Your doctor may want you to take an exercise stress test to identify what level of exercise will be safe and beneficial for you. For some people, taking part in a cardiac rehabilitation program is the best first step before exercising on their own.
Exercise is actually a key part of managing cardiovascular disease. Cardiac rehabilitation is a medically supervised program that involves exercise and other components to help improve heart health after a person has surgery, or suffers a heart attack or other significant cardiac event.
Despite its many benefits, research shows that just 1 in 3 people recovering from a heart attack are referred to cardiac rehabilitation. Of those who are, only 1 in 4 ever go.
If you’ve had a heart attack or other cardiac event, ask your doctor about cardiac rehabilitation to help you make the changes you need to live longer and feel better.
If you have a heart condition or are recovering from a cardiac event, work with your doctor to find the right exercise routine for you.
Here are some questions to ask: