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What should I keep in mind when exercising after heart surgery?

Ellen Charnley
Health Education
When exercising after heart surgery, you need to be mindful of some conditions:
  • Your training and racing heart rate should, on average, stay beneath the beats per minutes (bpm) that your surgeon recommends for you.
  • If you have chest pain that persists, it might be related to pericarditus and you should discuss this with your surgeon.
  • If you experience any abnormal heart rhythms when training - either accelerated or skipped beats - your surgeon might order a monitor for you to wear and evaluate whether this is anything significant, perhaps an arrhythmia, in which case, no training.
Living Life to the Full: My Ironman Journey from open-heart surgery to an Ironman triathlon in just eight months

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Living Life to the Full: My Ironman Journey from open-heart surgery to an Ironman triathlon in just eight months

Ellen Charnley is a Chartered Accountant and avid Triathlete. Ellen has completed many triathlons both locally and internationally. Born in England, she and her husband, Don, have lived in London,...

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