It is never too late to start exercise. Physical activity or exercise has many known benefits for preventing coronary heart disease. However, exercise often considered to be late and not recommended for person who had heart attack. Is that true?
Exercise is closely related to the function of our heart and blood vessels, as well as other organ systems. However, in reality, motivation to do exercise in post heart attack people often decreases. Moreover, they tend to avoid routine daily activities. Heart attack events can cause psychological trauma and fear of doing activities that overload the heart.
The assumption was completely denied by health experts. Various studies have proved that exercise begins after heart attack still produce enormous benefits. The incidence of recurrent heart attacks was reduced by 29% and there was improvement in the narrowing coronary vessels in 30% of individuals who undergo regular exercise program.
Nevertheless, exercise program for person who had heart attack is not the same as for healthy person. Exercise for post heart attack person must be adapted to the remaining capacity of the heart, which is done in stages by the monitoring by medical professionals.
In person who had heart attack, excessive exercise actually increase the risk of death from recurrent heart attack by almost 4-fold. But, exercise starting from the lightest intensity can reduce the risk of death from cardiovascular diseases about 21%. Moreover, exercise with the right intensity decreases the mortality from heart disease by 60%. Therefore, appropriate exercise prescription from a medical professional is very important to optimize the benefits of exercise for someone who had heart attack and to avoid the harmful effects of excessive exercise.
Here are 4 simple tips to start exercise after heart attack
1. Grow Your Motivation
Motivation is an important start to do regular exercise. Never felt unable to undergo exercise program before you actually try it, even if you’ve never exercised. With the advancement of technology and medical science today, the incidence of recurrent heart attacks has been successfully suppressed. Thus, you must obey your doctor’s advice.
2. Start with your daily activities
Train the heart is actually not a difficult thing. Each daily routine can be converted into simple physical exercises. Walk farther than usual, take the stairs rather than the elevators, and do more stand or walk rather than sit in a long period are simple healthy things for your heart. In early stages, prioritize light aerobic exercise rather than weight training. Aerobic exercise can improve heart and lung capability, not only in a healthy person but also in a person who had heart attack.
3. Adjust to Your Ability
You can measure and assess your ability in exercising. The right exercise is not oriented to achievement of a certain degree of difficulty. Conversely, exercise emphasizes on regularity and consistency.
4. Consult to Your Doctor
In addition to medication, nutrition, and proper health conseling, exercise become an important part in cardiac function recovery. Engage with medical professional to manage your exercise program. Some health centers, such as Cipto Mangunkusumo Hospital, have been equipped with rehabilitation and exercise facility for patients with a history of heart attack. Patients will be invited to discuss on goals, objectives, and duration of program which will be undertaken.
Moreover, sport activities can also form social group for patients with heart diseases to support each other. Do you still have no faith about the benefits of exercises for heart diseases? Let’s move from your seat and prove the benefits!
Posted: January 19, 2016 at 7:37 am