Exercise After Heart Failure

Many people are scared of doing exercise after heart failure. But there is nothing wrong in exercising after heart failure. There are many benefits if you exercise regularly but to exercise post heart failure needs extra care and precautions.

If you exercise after heart failure it will minimize the chances of second heart attack. If you don’t exercise, Vitamin K might develop in your body which can cause your blood to become thick. This may increase your blood pressure and you may suffer from various health problems.

If you are a diabetic it is essential for you to exercise in order to keep your sugar level under control. Even if you are not a diabetic, you need to exercise regularly so that you don’t become obese and diabetic. Given below are some precautions you should take while exercising after heart failure.

After recovering from heart failure, you are not advised to go for work for about 2-3 months or more. It depends upon the type of work you do. So for 2-3 months you are not recommended to exercise. A brisk walk is recommended.

Walking is one of the best exercises you can do after heart failure. But when you go for a walk, don’t go alone for some days. Someone should be there with you. Don’t walk for a long distance at a stretch. Increase your distance gradually, week after week. When you walk, walk with your pace. Don’t try to walk fast. If you have to go alone for a walk, ensure that you carry your cell phone with yourself. You must also carry your identity card and address with yourself for safety. However, it is advised to exercise at home (on exercise machines) instead of going out if you don’t have anyone to accompany you.

After a few months, you can start other aerobic exercises such as cycling, jogging, swimming etc. But you must take the approval of your doctor. It is better to exercise under the supervision of health professionals.

Exercise makes your heart muscles strong and boosts your energy. Hence you must exercise even if you had experienced a heart failure. However, if you feel dizziness, shortness of breath or chest pain or any other type of discomforts while doing any exercise, stop doing that particular exercise and seek medical help immediately.