Heart Health: TIPS AND TRICKS FOR PERFORMING EXERCISE AFTER HEART FAILURE
Post by on Saturday, August 7, 2021
A) Walk first. It's the perfect activity; it's aerobic, which is great for your heart, but less stressful.
B) Achieve a moderate-intensity target of 60-70% of maximum heart rate. Maximum heart rate can be derived as 220-Age or better still as detected on a previous tread-mill / exercise test.
C) Be mindful of extreme weather conditions. Extreme hot, cold or humid conditions can produce symptoms like chest pain, difficulty in breathing or chest tightness. In that case exercise inside home.
D) Build gradually and be mindful of side-effects or symptoms during exercise. Slightly increased breathing is OK, but if you are unable to talk while walking (because of breathlessness) immediately stop exercising. If symptoms persist / worsen or some other symptoms are experienced; chest pain, chest tightness, shortness of breath or difficulty in breathing, wheezing, dizziness or light-headedness, palpitations, nausea or discomfort in jaw , arm, shoulder, back or stomach immediately call the doctor.
E) Always be accompanied by a friend / relative while exercising (especially during early days) who might help if symptoms are precipitated and call for medical help if required.
F) Don’t venture too far away from home / office and always keep a phone handy.
G) Stay hydrated; take a glass or so of water or drink before and after the exercise
H) Dress for the weather.
I) Try to exercise at the same time everyday to establish a habit and minimize any variables that may impact your exercise (timing of meals, medications, work schedule, etc.).
DR Sundeep Mishra,
Prof of Cardiology, AIIMS Delhi