Exercising with Coronary Heart Disease

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sulls
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   Posted 8/22/2006 7:43 AM (GMT -7)   
With CHD, are there any exercises which are considered unsuitable?

Googling I found a ton of info on suitable exercises, and they seem to generally be various forms of cardio and so forth. However not much information was available on what exercises not to undertake, and the motivations/precautions as to why.

Off the top of my head I assume the forms of cardio which are okay, are only okay so long as they are kept within certain mhr% levels?

I also saw lots of websites mention weight/resistance training as being suitable - do these include both isolation and compound movements? I would assume that big compound movements such as squats/deadlifts would place a lot of stress on the heart?

Any help is greatly appreciated, thanks.

els
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   Posted 8/22/2006 8:25 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi sulls, I wanted to welcome you to Healing Well forum, we are happy to have you.  You are correct that it is difficult to find information on what exercises that are considered unsuitable for someone with CHD.  Perhaps if you’re interested in an exercise program you could consult your physician who could set up an consult with a physical therapist who is knowledgeable in this area on strength training exercises that you could do safely.  Of if you are planning on joining a Gym they also would have instructors that are trained in these areas and can go over are routine with you.  But most important is don’t start any exercise program or routine without consulting your physician before hand.  Especially when you’re dealing with a serious heart condition.  Please do post and let us know how you get along...Take care


 


cancervivor
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   Posted 8/28/2006 8:03 AM (GMT -7)   

Depends upon the extent of the disease and how it's was and is being treated. I'm assuming that you didn't diagnose the disease yourself which means your cardiologist should be able to answer your questions.

 

I was diagnosed, via stress tests, followed by an angiogram, with extensive CHD 10 years ago at the age of 51 years. My left descending anterior coronary was blocked 97% with various others blocked at 50% or so.

 

My cardiologist recommended the then experimental MIDCAB (minimally invasive direct coronary artery bypass) surgery to bypass the plugged artery.

 

Rehab was gradual and under the constant supervision of specialized nurses. I eventually left the rehab program, with the approval of my doctor, and joined a local health and fitness club and had no trouble with an of the exercise attempted, including walking the running track, jogging, basketball with my daughter and her friends, weight training, rowing, treadmill, and stair-steppers. Along as I achieved the targeted heart rate (to get the most cardio-vascular benefit) and felt no discomfort, I used all the equipment and facilities

 

Your cardiologist is your best resource to determine the best exercise program for you, not the Internet.

 

Best of luck
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