5 top tips for exercising before heart surgery

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Evidence suggests that exercising while waiting for surgery can help prepare you, both mentally and physically. Follow our five top tips to help you get the benefits of being active before surgery.

1. Know your limits

It’s normal to experience mild breathlessness during exercise, but dizziness, feeling unwell, very tired, or in pain, could be signs you’re doing too much.

2. Don’t go it alone

Knowing people are around could help exercise feel less intimidating

Take someone with you or stick to well-populated and well-lit areas if you’re doing activities outside. Knowing plenty of people are around could help exercise feel
less intimidating.

3. Check with an expert

If you’re feeling nervous, check in with a medical professional before increasing your physical activity.

4. Be prepared

Take your medication with you.

5. Keep hydrated

Drink water before, during and after you exercise.

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