REDUCING YOUR RISK OF CORONARY ARTERY DISEASE: IMPROVING YOUR ACTIVITY LEVEL BEFORE YOU START TO EXERCISE

For most people, the health advantages of regular exercise far outweigh any risks. However, if you have any chronic health conditions or several major risk factors for heart disease (such as smoking, high blood pressure high blood cholesterol, diabetes), some special precautions may apply.
To be on the safe side, check with your doctor before you begin an exercise program if you:
Have heart or lung disease, diabetes, arthritis, or kidney disease Are age 40 or older Are very overweight Have parents, brothers, or sisters who had evidence of coronary artery disease before the age of 55 Are unsure of your health status
Your doctor may recommend that you have an exercise stress test to help determine whether exercise is likely to cause an insufficient supply of blood and oxygen to the heart or to provoke heart rhythm abnormalities. Discuss with your doctor any limitations that he or she would suggest because of your existing health conditions.
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