What Exercise Can a Patient with Congenital Heart Disease Do?

Q: Can a patient with congenital heart disease do physical exercise? What exercise can people with extrasystole and arrhythmia do?

A: The heart of people with congenital heart disease is not strong enough, most of them had surgeries when they were children. Though it seems that surgical treatment has brought them back into normal life, the heart became vulnerable inevitably. Of course, physical exercise is an indispensable part of our life, and it is the same even for people with heart disease.

Patients with congenital heart disease can participate in physical activities. What they must remember is that they should avoid intensive exercise and cannot do it for a long time. Prolonged exercise will keep the heart in a strenuous state. It may malfunction if the patient doesn’t follow the advice. Intensive activities, such as football and basketball are too much for people with congenital heart disease. In these activities, patients’ heart rate and pulse may become out of control, resulting in sudden death.

However, it’s a bad idea to live without exercise. Physical activities are necessary. Moderate activities help patients get better.



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