There is almost no such disease that exercise cannot cure. If you’ve had a heart attack or a weak heart, it doesn’t mean that you have to just sit around and do nothing. With regular exercise (more than 150 minutes a week), one can improve the recovery and also improve heart function and can even help get off the medications. (Exercise for Heart Patient)
Benefits of exercise include:
- Strengthening the heart and cardiovascular system
- Improving the circulation and helps the body use oxygen better
- Improving heart failure symptoms
- Lowers blood pressure
- Improves cholesterol.
- Avoid too many isometric exercises such as pushups or situps. Isometric exercises involve straining of muscles against other muscles.
- Do not exercise outdoors when it’s too cold, hot or humid without concerning with the doctor first. High humidity may cause a person to tire more quickly. Whereas extreme temperatures can interfere with the blood circulation, can create difficulty in breathing and may cause chest pain. Perform indoor activities such as mall walking or on a treadmill.
- Stay Hydrated:- It is very important to drink water even before feeling thirsty, especially on hot summer days. But do not drink too much water. Consult with the doctor first.
- If the exercise program has been somehow interrupted for more than a few days for any reason, make sure to ease back into the routine. Start with a low level of activity, and gradually increase it until, back where started.
WARNINGS DURING EXERCISE:-
There are some precautions you must keep in mind when developing an exercise program:
- Stop the exercise if becoming overly fatigue or shortness of breath.
- Do not exercise if a person is not feeling well or was recently ill. One should wait a few days for all symptoms to disappear before restarting the exercise.
- If a person is having regular shortness of breath then rest and call the doctor.
- Stop the activity if there is developing a rapid or irregular heartbeat or heart palpitations. Check the pulse after rest of 15 minutes. Above 120 beats per minute at rest then call the doctor.
- If there is a pain then don’t ignore it. If there is chest pain or pain somewhere else in the body, do not continue the exercise. Performing an exercise during pain may cause stress or damage to the joints.
- If a person passes out during exercise then call the doctor as soon as a person gains consciousness.
SYMPTOMS OF STOP EXERCISING:-
- Dizziness or lightheadedness,
- Unexplained weight gain or swelling,
- Pressure or pain in the chest, neck, arm or shoulder, or any other symptoms that may cause concern.
- Never exercise to a point of chest pain.
EXERCISE AND HEART DISEASE PREVENTION:-
These are some of the exercise congestive heart failure patients. Here are some of the best and worst exercise for a heart patient:-
- Interval training:- Combine short parts of high-intensity exercise with slightly longer periods of recovery. For a walker, walk 3 minutes at normal speed at 1-minute pace. Continuous raising and lowering the heart rate improves vascular function and burns calories, and also makes the body more efficient at clearing out fat and sugar from the blood.
- Total-body, nonimpact sports:- The more the muscles involved in an exercise, the harder the heart must work to fuel them all, thus, it grows stronger itself. Swimming, cross-country skiing, all include muscles throughout the body. Add some intervals to the exercise for an ideal workout.
- Weight training:- A person increase the heart rate during reps and recover between the sets. By efficiently handling the demands the strong muscles ease the burden on the heart. Use free weights, which includes more muscles, engage the core, and build balance.
- Core workouts:- It strengthens the core muscles and improves flexibility and balance.
- Yoga:- It lowers blood pressure, making the blood vessels more elastic and promotes heart health. It also strengthens the core.
- Being active all day:- Exercise helps a person keep active for the whole day.
- Running long-distance on the pavement:- Running on hard pavements for a long time can lead to various aches and pains. Although running in this way strengthens the heart but it wears out the body.
- Any type of vigorous exercise a person hasn’t trained for:- The excessive adrenaline that is released during vigorous exercise can lead to a heart attack. Never exercise hard without warming up the body.