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If I have cardiovascular disease, will I need to be less active?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Whether or not you will any physical limitations depends on the severity and seriousness of your condition. Your doctor may place activity limitations on you if physical activity causes discomfort or aggravates your symptoms. If your situation is not severe, your doctor may not limit what you can do; in more serious situations, your doctor may limit any extra physical activity other than the activities of daily living. It is important to talk to your doctor about physical activity and your cardiovascular disease. Cardiac rehabilitation may reduce your need for physical limitations. Exercise is important to a healthy heart, but it can also cause problems if you have a heart condition.

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