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Exercising After a Heart Attack

Man walking outdoors.Aerobic exercises improve endurance. They also help your heart, lungs, and blood vessels work better. They make you breathe harder and sweat a bit. Most of your workout should consist of aerobic exercises. Good choices include walking, biking, and swimming.

Strength exercises build muscle. They can also improve endurance. Examples include lifting weights and using resistance bands.

Stretching exercises increase flexibility, balance, and posture.  Stretching is also a good way to reduce stress.

Safety

  • Follow the guidelines your health care provider or cardiac rehab team has set for you.

  • If nitroglycerine has been prescribed, keep it with you when exercising. Take as directed.

  • Report any changes in symptoms, such as pain or shortness of breath, to your healthcare provider or rehab staff.

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