Good luck for the future and keep up that training schedule. If you’ve e not done anything for a couple of year’s best start slow, I did this post following my Stent which you may find helpful https://stentblog.net/what-is-the-best-exercise-following-a-stent. If you can do this, before you know it you will be in the habit of exercising and will probably keep it up for the rest of your life. He is 60. Calcium channel blockers. In the early days do what you can manage. After my stent I was back in the gym within a week. 2) Then subtract your resting heart rate from the result of step 1. Blood thinning medications like aspirin and Clopidogrel (Plavix) reduce the ability of your blood to clot, making it easier for blood to flow through narrowed arteries and reducing your risk of a heart attack. Like I said Kev sorry it took so long to get back to you hope this helps! If you have never exercised it would not be a good idea to do extreme training (especially following a stent). First of all thank you for a great and interesting blog. The amount of exercise is difficult as it really depends on how you respond to the exercise you are doing. Be honest with yourself and see how you really feel about going back on the bike if you think it will be a little scary make sure you go on a short ride and someone is with you or even better go to a gym again with a friend and use one of their indoor bikes to reacclimatize. Statins can help reduce the accumulation of plaque in your arterial walls which may reduce the chances of another blockage forming. If it doesn’t feel right or you start to feel any chest pain stop ASAP and go get it checked out. 2. What is the longevity for this stent? Don’t stop taking these until the doctor advises you to do so. Your email address will not be published. For about a year now she has started going for walks (morning and eve) for about 20-25 mins each. This is known as coronary heart disease (CHD). Ok, let’s get down to brass tacks. Find something you have a passion for because you’re going to be doing this for the rest of your life and passion will see you through. my nephew is 29 and a fitness weight training addict. Avoid too much isometric exercises such as pushups and situps. However, in order to try to ensure that further cardiac events do not occur certain lifestyle changes are required. You mentioned suffering from anxiety and here you need to try to strike a balance. So while I’m not a fan of pumping people full of medications, there are times where they can be a valuable adjunct to reduce your risk of a heart attack whilst making lifestyle changes. i want to get back to a regular routine but not sure how to accomplish it. The yoga for heart series begins with simple asanas, gradually leading to postures that require more stamina. Nitrates. I have received numerous requests for an article on exercise after angioplasty with and without stent placement after my other articles on exercise after bypass surgery, heart attack, heart valve surgery, general open heart surgery, atrial fibrillation, and implantable cardioverter defibrillators. I do a yoga session almost every morning. This logic applies to patients with and without stents insertion. If you’re planning on doing some hard exercise (aerobic or strength training), I’d advise you to ask your cardiologist if a post-angioplasty treadmill stress test is appropriate. When you’ve had a heart event, it’s natural to wonder if it’s safe to exercise any more, but being active can strengthen your heart and aid recovery. Recovery is a very personal thing and only you can judge how you feel and whether what you are doing is distressing you too much. You will need to rest for a minimum of one to two days after your procedure more if your doctor advises. Once the stent is in place, the balloon catheter is deflated and removed. I would imagine you can but without knowing a little more I can’t say more. If the anxiety is really bad I would seek professional help if you can. So: Therefore, your training heart rate range would be 126 to 143 bpm. So 170 – 60 = 110. Ignore it at your peril. Hope this helps and hope you are progressing well. Include two to three days of weight training. The annual incidence of stent thrombosis is less than 1%. You don’t need to meet this goal immediately, in fact, you may only be able to meet it after a few weeks or even months. Your recovery is personal as we are all different. If you feel absolutely drained by doing 20 minutes, then perhaps scale it back a bit and build up your conditioning to longer durations. On august4,2015 i went through the stent fitting procedure.Its more than 7months now.I have no problem,but sometimes I feel panicked.It appears to be unrest.And recently i was going home when i have to lift some weight of 10-15 kg for 10 minutes,but with intervals and slowly.I am worried,will it mark a negative impact on heart. Heart disease kills one Australian every 24 minutes. That’s me though, everyone is not the same and as I said above the best type of training following a stent depends on you! Your heart is a muscle just like your quads or your triceps and needs exercising. Having said this your confidence will improve very quickly and once you get in to exercise it will become like second nature. I trained hard and lifted some heavy weights. Then Stop Chasing Golden Unicorns, Skinnyfit Detox Review: A Detox From Toxic Marketing, Interactive Bullshit Detector for Health Products, Borg rating of perceived exertion (RPE) 6 to 20 point scale, Reduced risk of a heart attack (or second heart attack if you’ve already had one), Improved heart function (i.e., lower heart rate and blood pressure means less workload on the heart), Increased anginal (chest pain) threshold. Snow shoveling is a known trigger for heart attacks. You’ve just accumulated 30 minutes of activity. Calcium channel blockers affect the muscle cells in your arteries which help the blood vessels relax and widen. Bear in mind side effects or symptoms during activity. I was in good physical condition before the surgery. tinvender. In the UK the standard treatment post stent is aspirin (which is usually for life) unless there are other indications for using additional thinners (DATP). Once you establish your fitness foundation, gradually work up to daily exercise sessions. Good luck with your recovery hope your back on that bike soon putting some miles in. i started working out 2 months bck. A cardiac stent is used to treat narrowed or blocked coronary arteries. I am 54 year male. However, if you have not done anything in that time I would advise you to do 2 things. Hi, my doctor sent me to hospital 3 weeks ago (pericarditis symptoms) I ended up having an unnecessary coronary angiogram – my house doctor was shocked to here this. If you were a weight lifter before the procedure then you might be able to tolerate weight training better than someone who is completely new to the gym. It took years for the artery to be come narrowed in the first place, you don’t want to mess things up now by doing too much too soon. If symptoms of angina, become apparent on practicing heavy exercises, immediate medical must be sought. I have been walking about 20 mins a day but feel I can do more what do you think would be safe. Use the ol’ KISS acronym:  Keep It Slow and Steady. This wire-mesh tube is inserted into a blocked artery to help increase blood flow to your heart. Limitations of Exercise After Stent Implant cubear. These exercises will speed your recov-ery. Any help you could provide would be extremely helpful. This whole recovery thing is a very personal challenge that only you can meet. While the new coronavirus mostly affects the lungs, there’s still added stress and risks for people with heart disease. Also, make sure you discuss any questions or concerns with your doctor. This means no heavy lifting, no aerobic activity, or any activity that would require you to raise your heart rate significantly. That makes 9 total. After about a month he felt much more comfortable about walking and then walked on his own. Your safe heart rate is still 220 - your age. The majority of people having Coronary Stents will have a full recovery. You can lift barbells, dumbbells, body weight, cables, kettle bells, or get creative with set of TRX straps. Coronary angioplasty (AN-jee-o-plas-tee), also called percutaneous coronary intervention, is a procedure used to open clogged heart arteries. Like with aerobic exercise, get your cardiologist’s clearance for exercise. Although angioplasty is not a major cardiac procedure, it may often require an overnight stay in the hospital and a period of rest afterwards. See if your doctor has any further advice. In addition to this I would speak to your doctor and see if you could find someone specialising in Cardiac Rehabilitation in your area and do a few sessions with them. If it persists you need to go see your doctor. Beta-blockers slow down your heart rate which also helps to reduce blood pressure and, consequently, workload on the heart. Bare metal stents are generally used when the patient has a heart related or non-heart related invasive surgery scheduled in the immediate years to come. As long as you’re cleared by your physician, you should be aiming for this amount after your angioplasty as well. If you had a heart attack, then this can further complicate matters. But her lifestyle otherwise is very sedentary. Workout or exercise indoors if the temperature is really low below 20°F (-6°C). I am told there was no damage to the heart itelf and am now in cardio rehab. As I’ve said many times slow and steady wins the race in the early stages post procedure. If you’re not sure about anything, ask for clarification. Walking is a great way to start exercising again and this can be done only a few days after your stent placement providing you feel up to it. Remember to cool down at the end of your exercise by gradually walking slower for the last 3 minute of your exercise. If you’re not happy with 20 min exercise try to increase it slowly over time and see how you heart reacts. It was 95% blocked. If you need to do several small intervals to accumulate your daily exercise minutes, then break them down into small intervals you can tolerate. Exercising after a Stent procedure is an important part of that lifestyle and your long-term recovery. Also think about trying different types of exercise. Below is a calculation showing how many times the average heart beats in an average 52 year life time: in 1 min = 72in 1 hour = 72 * 60 = 4320in 1 day = 72 * 60 *24 = 103680in 1 year = 72 * 60 * 24 * 365 = 37843200in Avg life span = 72 * 60 * 24 * 365 * 52 = 1967846400. Ask and ye shall receive! Take it slow. Angioplasty is not a “cure” for your coronary artery disease. is there any risk of other heart attck in future. It sounds like you have significant damage there so I would say go very slowly with any form of exercises. I went to cardiac rehab for 10 weeks after my heart attack and have been walking daily since then. When starting out don’t go too far from your home or office. So recovery will be pretty much the same. I think it’s time for me to start getting back on the bike now. I also had Fitbit which was pretty good as well. Stents and bypass surgery are no more effective for many heart patients. Knowing What the Best Exercise Following A Stent can make all the difference to you and your future well-being. Let me know how you get on…, I had 5 stents in 3 days ago,I walked a lot before this,am a bit nervous about walking vexed using again.I’ve had 2 ,5minute walks this evening&felt good afterward ,if still a little breathless,I thought all breathlessness disappeared after stenting straight away,thanks for the info, Hello Sir, The exercise or activity you choose needs to become part of your lifestyle. Two, start exercising slowly and try to create a routine that you can stick to. I have just experienced a stent implant in my right coronary artery. Now I find moderate exercise makes me a little tired for a day or two, but I feel better each week. Prior to my stent I trained regularly about five times per week. What were your cholesterol numbers out of interest? However, it might be prudent to take someone with you in case you feel lightheaded, dizzy or develop chest pains, they can assist you if needed. These exercises are not intended to be a difficult workout for your heart. I had mine in 2010 and I returned back to training within a few weeks and been hitting the gym four of five times per week ever since. Whether you will get back to heavy training or not is hard to say and to be perfectly honest irrelevant at the moment, I think your main goal should be to try to establish an exercise program that you can keep up without causing too much stress to your heart. Dave. aslon as your not doing them for hours on end it should be fine. Yes by all means pass my blog details to your Nephew. You’re on the right track with the exercise I would highly recommend trying to incorporate some type of exercise into your life. Here are a few of the benefits you can get from regular exercise: For anyone who has undergone stent placement, exercise is an essential part of the long term recovery of your heart. The only advice I can give here is to go slow, build it up incrementally and listen to your body. (Note: we immediately adopted a vegan diet, which we are still on) If he did too much, I ended up calling 911 because his chest pain was not relieved after three nitroglycerins. If you have cardiovascular disease then these could be particularly dangerous (not to mention interactions with medications). I am 51 years old. This will help build a baseline endurance and fitness level you can build off of in the future with a more structured exercise programme. Until 2 weeks ago after lockdown easing he went to the gym for the first time in months. There is no problem starting weights again however just be a bit clever about it. Good luck with your recovery so sorry for not getting back sooner. Required fields are marked *, I am not going to go over what Stents are, why they are required or indeed the aetiology of heart disease you can find more information about this on my blog, Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, Discomfort in your jaw, arm, shoulder, back or stomach, in 1 year = 72 * 60 * 24 * 365 = 37843200, in Avg life span = 72 * 60 * 24 * 365 * 52 = 1967846400, It helps with Joint lubrication and increased range of motion for those of us with arthritis, It helps rebuild bone for those of us with osteoporosis, It helps to strengthen abdominal muscles for those of us with lower back pain weakness, It helps to keep blood pressure under control, It helps in lowering cholesterol and triglycerides and can help prevent artery clogging and damage. Me:  “Right, ok, I’m going to grab you by the scruff of your neck, pull you back down to planet Earth, and save you from yourself. The term angioplasty comes from the Greek words angio meaning “vessel” and plasticos meaning “fit for moulding” but in very simple terms, it’s just another name for a heart plumbing job. In most countries, there will be some sort of cardiac rehab program. I found riding a bike and using a cross trainer in the gym worked for me because I was able to control the level of resistance. I’m pretty sure you doctor wouldn’t make it through one in fact. More X-ray images (angiograms) are taken to see how well blood flows through your newly widened artery. This level has been shown to reduce hospital readmission and fewer long-term symptoms compared to those that did not exercise at a moderate intensity. Current guidelines recommend patients with severe narrowing of their arteries have heart bypass surgery or a stent implanted to restore blood flow. Were you a regular weight lifter before your procedure? Hope this helps keep up the good work. Then a third angiogram, which they said he did not have anymore significant blockage. Usually, an angioplasty will help relieve cardiac-related symptoms (like chest pain); however, you still need to be aware of how you’re feeling during and after activity. Heart patients who gets chest pain during exercise may not need a stent. Hi John, it is difficult to comment on individual cases as you can appreciate. I recommend endurance, wisely paced, avoiding intensity as best one can. Patients experiencing unstable angina or heart attack almost always require urgent cardiac catheterization, and often stent placement. If you have any doubts its always a good idea to pop along to you doctors and discuss the best way to move forward. If it does there are treatments for this. When he went out on his own he always had a phone with him. Depending on where you live there may be cardiac rehabilitation clinics, check them out it will be well worth it. When you have heart disease or you’ve had heart surgery, exercise is an important part of keeping your condition under control. Anaerobic exercise is exercise that is at an intensity high enough to trigger the formation of lactic acid, which can build up in your heart. I had a stent placed in my heart on December 9, 2002. As many as 2 out of 3 elective heart angioplasty procedures performed in the U.S. on patients with stable heart disease may not be needed, a new research review suggests. Aim for 150 minutes of aerobic exercises. I had a stent procedure 6 months ago. The Borg rating of perceived exertion (RPE) 6 to 20 point scale is also quite useful. Glad to see you’re on the road to recovery. My cardiologist refuses to take me off of the Plavix/aspirin combination even though it’s been over a year since I had my stent. The level of exercise you should do depends on how conditioned you and your heart are. He had been advised to change his lifestyle and take more exercise. He has had some reflux thoughout his life. 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). As your strength, stamina and confidence build so will the amount of exercise you can do. 2 years ago I had a stent, what kind of exercise can I do indoors. As long as you mother in law does note expereience andy difficulties most activities will be fine. It’s vital that you listen to your body when doing any form of exercise if there’s a problem it will usually let you know. Sorry for not getting back sooner had a bit of a glitch with the blogs notifications coming through. One of the common questions I get from my readers is “can I lift weights after an angioplasty/stent?”  The short answer is probably yes, but how much weight you lift is going to depend on a number of factors that will need to be discussed with your cardiologist. For anyone who has undergone stent placement, exercise is an essential part of the long term recovery of your heart. This brought my resting heart rate down to38-40. It’s been one week since the procedure. So, I think you will be able to go back to work but you really do have to listen to what your body is telling you and jumping straight into a full-on Zumba/Streetdance class may not be the best approach. Same as above, you still have to listen to your body and take it easy. Your aim is to get back you your normal routine as soon as possible. These stents which are used to clear the blocks in the heart valves are a foreign object for the body. He beat me in the Maryland Half-Ironman when he was 81, 82 and 84, saying, “Hi Kev”, as he went by on the run. These include diet, managing stress, smoking and exercise etc. Some weather conditions, like overly hot, humid or very cold days can produce symptoms like chest pain, difficulty breathing or chest tightness. So spend some time trying to figure out what you would like to do. Moderate weight training offers big benefits to people with heart disease, the American Heart Association says.. There is always a risk of blockages in other arteries. If you were previously active before surgery, then you do have the advantage of muscle memory and a residual training effect, but as I stated above, you need to “test out” your body during exercise and the effects of medication on your exercise response. He was doing great with his diet etc but not so good with the exercise. Exercise stress testing is reasonable for patients who are not at low cardiovascular risk or have unknown cardiovascular risk to assess exercise capacity and development of symptoms, ischaemia, or arrhythmias. hi, We spoke about lifestyle changes before. Now all is normal. Choi, M.H. Cardiologists in Leipzig, […] You can pick a decent activity tracker up for a hundred dollars. HIIT is safe and effective in heart transplant patients. Is intense exercise bad for the stent? i am taking all anti cloting medicine. Be mindful of more extreme weather conditions. Then I could send him the link please. Now the aftermath of a major medical situation like this will shake anyone’s confidence but doing no exercise will be as bad as going flat out. Following a Stent procedure, it is essential to adopt a heart-healthy lifestyle. It’s not really my area of expertise Jenny i would speak to your doctor and discuss it with him/her. DO NOT change your exercise plan before talking with your provider. You were very fit before your episode the level of fitness you attain now will be determined by the amount of damage done to your heart during the heart attack and the only way to find this out is by testing yourself. etc. There’s no resolute answer to this since it’s going to depend on how many exercises you do and how many sets and reps of each exercise. From what you have said prior to your hospitalization you were in pretty good shape (those Zumber and dance classes are pretty hard work) so from this, we can deduce that you had a pretty strong heart. What will you get out of all this huffing and puffing and sweating? Walk at a moderate pace for about 10 minutes the first time and each day try to add one or two minutes. This short report focusses on exercise. Can i go swimming in the pool? The most important thing is to listen to your body, if it feels wrong it probably is. Walking 1 hour a day for the last 5 months and feels fine. Premium Questions. Diabetic. I had a stent put in about 1 month ago. Don’t be scared to slow down or stop If necessary and keep asking questions. Stents are also used to treat blockages in the leg arteries. Common medications. Also remember that if you’re taking medications that alter your heart rate (i.e., beta-blockers), then none of these calculations are going to be worth much. Exercise can help strengthen the heart, lungs and muscles and improve stamina. Start back at the gym slowly and don’t overdo it. However, It is advised that the patients consult their physician before starting strenuous exercises like weight lifting. Good advice! You’ll be able to handle the hills in due time. Glad to see your over what can only be described as a harrowing experience both for you and your family. Once you have the clearance you’re generally allowed to proceed with most types of aerobic and resistance training. If you take your time it will pay dividends later on. Many health professionals recommend that healthy adults aim for 150 minutes of aerobic activity each week. It all depends on your level of fitness now and what you think you can manage. This can be a tricky one because everyone is different. It is recommended that you avoid vigorous exercise and heavy lifting for a short time after a stent procedure and stop exercising immediately if you feel any pain or discomfort in you chest. The normal life time of a stent to last in your heart is from 4 to 5 years. Sorry for not getting back sooner had a bit of a glitch with the blogs notifications coming through. It’s important to give yourself at least a couple weeks of low activity recovery time after leaving the hospital. If there is a secret it’s not the amount of exercise you do its consistency. Do a walking warm up for three minutes. He called me up and said, “hey, I hear you’re the heart exercise guru. Taking action is the vital first step to your success and ultimately to remaining healthy in the future. Oh the one more thing, speak to your doctor and explain what exactly goes into a typical day at work for you just in case he/she wasn’t listening or is not aware and see if he has any advice or comment on how to progress. After how much time I have to go gym, Hi All, However if you do and you start to feel anything it’s important that you stop immediately. Can you start training me today?”, Me:  “Well, not sure about the guru bit, but maybe I can help you. They work by blocking precursor substances needed to synthesise cholesterol. I have many physical ting I want to do again, backpacking. I would really appreciate any advice from anybody on how much walking how long for and the distance and if I should invest in a wrist heart monitoring device while I am walking and if so any advice or what type to buy which will not break the bank or my pocket. That is not going to change. The general consensus in the medical world is that exercise is good for hearts including hearts that have been stented or had other procedures such as by-pass surgery. I’m certain that being physically fit prior to my stent helped tremendously in my recovery. Also, stay indoors if the humidity is above 75% or the temperature, is above 80°F (26.6°C). The greatest danger is in the first year but this is greatly diminished by taking the right precautions following your stent placement. Exercises for Patients After Open Heart Surgery Y ou may begin these exercises in the Intensive Care Unit. As you say, we are all different, and it depends what you did before your stent. Now he says another artery is 70% block and should fit another stunt. Have a read of this post I did on exercising following a stent https://stentblog.net/what-is-the-best-exercise-following-a-stent it may help you. The reason am stating this is that the vast majority of people will be fine with the beta blocker and in many they will help but for some like me they gave me problem. He took his time with the exercise and didn’t rush it. I got moderate exercise off and on previously. Lifestyle activities (or baseline activities) are those exercises that are a part of your normal daily routine. There are all sorts of different fitness monitors/activity trackers you can buy. Many health professionals recommend that healthy adults aim for 150 minutes of aerobic activity each week. It is non invasive.Thanks Jenny. “Aerobic” means “in the presence of, or with, oxygen.”. Cheers, You know you’re doing aerobic exercise when your heart’s thumping and you’re breathing faster than you do at rest but you can sustain the activity for extended periods of time. But find it tiring ro wash the car or iroining. There is no doubt that exercise is good for your heart, your body and your all round well being so if you want to prevent further cardiac events exercise is a must. July 16, 2007 -- It's no longer a no-no. These are the activities that get you “up and moving. Diabetic. Hi Hank, thanks for getting in touch. I am keen to do some more cardiac and weight reduction exercises. That big local park near you looks like a great place to explore. Start off with 3 to 4 days per week and work up from there. I would concentrate on seeing what can be comfortably accomplished. There’s no doubt about it exercise is a must for anyone who has had a Stent, especially if you want to avoid another, Good luck with the exercise hope it works out well for you. Those with supervised exercise did best. 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 (if he does not provide any information ask him/her you need to be clear in your mind what you can and cannot do). I am nervous about exercise. Cardiac rehab programs are best for patients that have had a significant blockage, have had previous cardiac events (like a heart attack or angina) or are out of shape. Since nowadays the drug eluting stents are being used, these function perfectly after 5 years found from the studies conducted. Start slowly, proceed slowly, listen to your body and If you feel any discomfort stop immediately and go see you doctor. Before this was discovered I was in construction so I got 10 to 12 hours a day regular varied exercise just working. Starting to exercise or returning to exercise will hold you in good stead for the future and incorporated with other lifestyle choices will go a long way to you not require coronary intervention again. Make sure you take all the medications you are prescribed especially the blood thinners. If you haven’t already got a heart rate monitor get one so you can see what effect exercise is having on you. 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