Working Out After a Heart Attack

Published 02/16 2012 08:14AM

Updated 02/16 2012 08:18AM

Each year more than a million people have a heart attack and recovery can be slow for some. One Wichita Falls doctor says you can actually get better faster if you get moving.

Dr. Andre Desire, a cardiologist with United Regional says, "It used to be after a heart attack we used to restrict physical activity."

That's not the case anymore.

"Physical Activity soon after a heart attack is actually the best way to recover."

Working out after a heart attack can actually improve your prognosis. Dr. Desire says exercise improves lipid ratios, blood pressure and blood sugar, which in turn helps reduce your risk of a second heart attack. Last year Dr. Desire enrolled 376 patients into cardiac rehab, a 12 week program that starts while the patient is still in the hospital.

Dr. Desire recommends patients walk 1-2 miles a day, 5 times a week if possible.

At the very least, he says, "Continue to do your housework continue to do the yard if you were doing that before."

Remember, start out slow and consult your doctor, but staying active after a heart attack  is a step in the right direction.

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