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Exercise and Heart Disease

The heart is a muscle and needs exercise to stay in shape. When it's exercised, the heart can pump more blood through the body and continue working at optimal efficiency with little strain. This will likely help it to stay healthy longer. Regular exercise also helps to keep arteries and other blood vessels flexible, ensuring good blood flow and normal blood pressure and cholesterol.

Don’t worry—when it comes to exercise, a little bit performed regularly goes a long way. According to the American Heart Association (AHA), exercising 30 minutes a day, five days a week will improve your heart health and help reduce your risk of heart disease. You can even break it up into quick and manageable 10-minute sessions, three times a day.

Just be sure to check with your doctor before starting a new exercise routine, as exercising with a heart condition can put extra strain on your heart. Learn the signs of heart trouble during exercise and don’t over-exert yourself to ensure you’re helping—not hurting your heart.

Can Exercise Reverse or Prevent Heart Disease?

The heart is responsive to exercise because it’s a muscle. What are the benefits of exercise, the dangers of inactivity, and how much exercise is enough?

Weight Loss and Heart Disease

Being overweight increases your risk of heart disease. Managing your weight by eating better and exercising more can improve heart health.

Signs of Problems During Exercise

Though exercise is generally considered safe, you could experience heart-related problems while exercising.

Exercise and Heart Disease Statistics

Exercising regularly is a key strategy in preventing heart disease. These statistics show a link between physical activity and reduced risk of heart disease.

What's Your Ideal Heart Rate?

Your pulse provides a gauge for safe exercising with a heart condition. Measure it to find out what your ideal heart rate is.

10-Minute Exercises: Sneaking in Exercise

Nine quick-and-easy, heart-healthy exercises you can fit into your schedule: stretching, strengthening, balance, and endurance exercises.