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Workout after angioplasty?

The short and simple answer,  YES YOU CAN DO.. !!

But before explaining about cardio exercises or any other format after angioplasty,  let' s know what is angioplasty ??

Coronary angioplasty is also called percutaneous coronary intervention, and it is done to open clogged heart arteries.

It uses a tiny balloon like catheter to widen up the clogged artery which improves the blood flow to the heart. 

 Most of the angioplasty procedures also uses a mesh tube called stent, which prevents artery to narrow again. 

Now let's discuss, why angioplasty is done? 

1. To remove fatty plaques diposited on your heart blood vessels ( condition known as atherosclerosis).

2. If the artery bringing blood to the left side of the heart becomes narrow. 

3. Your heart muscles are weak.

4. If you have diabetes or any blockages in your arteries. 

Workout after angioplasty 

Exercise increases your fitness levels, helps control blood pressure, weight and cholesterol, and keep you relaxed. Start with short and simple walks, and gradually increase length and intensity. You can walk as much as you like as long as you feel comfortable, and daily walking - if only for a few minutes - is ideal.

It takes around 2 to 3 weeks to get back on track. It is always instructed to do regular exercises and a medication list is also given. 

Recommended exercises after angioplasty- 

Exercising after this procedure is generally an important part of your long-term recovery. Be safe and smart when it comes to the type, amount, and intensity of the exercise you choose. That way, you can allow your body to heal and work to prevent further cardiac issues.

Phase 1- 
Immediately After an Angioplasty

Get a medical clearance from your doctor. 
When you leave the hospital from your angioplasty your physician will talk with you and give you discharge papers that will explain exactly what type of physical activity you can and cannot do.
Be sure you understand the physician’s explanation and read over these instructions thoroughly. Make sure to discuss any questions or concerns with your doctor. After your few days of low activity, consider joining or starting with a cardiac rehab program. This should be something you discuss with your physician. 
A cardiac rehab program is designed specifically for those patients that currently have or have had a history of cardiac events (like an angioplasty or heart attack).
Cardiac rehab programs are best for patients that have had significant blockage, have had previous cardiac events (like a heart attack or angina) or are not currently in shape.
The purpose of these rehab programs is to educate you on how to exercise safely and work with you to build up your aerobic endurance over time.
There is a fitness professional and cardiologist that will supervise you and your heart as you exercise. 
You can do cardio exercises like running, cycling, crosstrainer or even weight training also. 

What all to take care of? 

always keep a check on your training heart rate which is recommended by your doctor. You can even try interval trainings provided it doesn't put stress on your heart , so you need to keep a check on your heart rate.
Whenever you plan to do some intense workout after your angioplasty, do wear a heart rate monitor.

Every sort of exercises can be done after 3 months of angioplasty,  provided you are LISTENING TO YOUR BODY. Whenever you feel stress on your heart you should stop and recover.

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