Many heart attack patients are concerned about the safety of exercising, with good reason. After your heart attack, you’ll need to be careful not to overdo physical activity. However, the risks of leading a sedentary lifestyle are much greater than those of being physically active. Exercise will accelerate your recovery and reduce your risk of a future heart attack. Before you leave the clinic after your heart attack, your cardiologist will explain how to care for your health. Ask the cardiologist for your heart condition recommended physical activity.
Become Active Around the Home
Follow your cardiologist’s instructions regarding the length of time you’ll need to rest when you return home. When your cardiologist clears you for activity , begin doing some simple tasks around your home. Doing light housework such as folding clothes and preparing meals will help ease you into physical activity. Avoid overdoing it and rest as needed.
Ease Into an Exercise Program
Your cardiologist may recommend that you start with a walking program. During the first week, you may only be able to walk for five minutes at a time. In the subsequent weeks, your cardiologist may advise you to gradually increase this time. About six weeks after you return home, you may be able to start other activities, such as swimming, golfing, and cycling. However, keep your intensity level low unless otherwise instructed by your doctor. As your cardiologist if cardiac rehab is an option.
After your heart attack, the cardiologists at Cardiac Solutions can help you learn important self-care measures. We’ll work with you to develop a safe exercise program and to reduce your risk of recurrent heart trouble. Learn how you can get back on your feet by calling (623) 208-5305 and scheduling and appointment with your cardiologist.