Physical exercise is an essential part of maintaining a healthy heart, even if you’ve had a previous heart attack. Aerobic activity strengthens the cardiovascular system and improves the efficiency of the heart. If you’ve had a heart attack, avoid isometric exercises such as push-ups or sit-ups. Instead, focus on activities such as running, biking, or swimming. While exercising outdoors is an excellent option, keep your workout inside when it is very hot, very cold, or very humid. These conditions can interfere with circulation and cause you to tire quickly. Stick to flat areas rather than a course with hills or stairs, and monitor your heart rate regularly. Ease into your exercise program when you are just starting out or if you have had to take a few days off, as this will reduce strain on your heart.
Your cardiologist at Cardiac Solutions can help you develop the ideal exercise and dietary program for your heart health needs. You can reach any one of our five clinics by calling (623) 208-5305 today. We invite you to read through the articles on our blog for more important information about your health after a heart attack.