Your cardiologist or specialist nurse should be able to give you specific advice on what level and type of exercise is safe for you. You should ask them for an exercise prescription. We have an exercise prescription form which they can use. Download and print your copy below
During physical activity your muscles need more oxygen. The oxygen is absorbed from the air by the lungs and is then carried to the muscles in the blood. The harder your muscles are working the more oxygen they need, so you breathe faster and your heart works harder.
- No noticeable effect on breathing or heart rate.
- It is easy to carry on a conversation or sing without pausing for breath.
- Feels very easy and you could keep going for a long time.
- Breathing and heart rate are faster. Feeling a little warmer.
- You can carry on a conversation easily, but you can’t sing the words to a song without having to keep pausing to get your breath back.
- Feels comfortable and you can keep going for a fairly long time.
- Breathing much harder and faster. Heart rate much faster. Feeling warm and sweating.
- You can’t talk easily, because you have to keep pausing for breath.
- Feels very hard and you cannot keep going for very long.
Make them feel unwell
Cause dizziness or fainting
Make their heart condition worse