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If you have an irregular heartbeat (arrhythmia), ask your doctor what type and level of exercise is safe for you. Regular activity can help keep your heart and body healthy.
The type and amount of exercise that is allowable will vary depending on the cause of your abnormal heart rhythm and whether you have other forms of heart disease.
If your irregular heartbeat is caused by another type of heart disease (such as cardiomyopathy or a valve problem), you may need to limit your activity because of the other heart disease.
Before you start a new exercise program or change your current exercise program:
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starting an exercise program, keep the following precautions in mind:
Other Works Consulted
Graham TP Jr, et al. (2005). 36th Bethesda Conference: Eligibility recommendations for competitive athletes for cardiovascular abnormalities. Task Force 2: Congenital heart defects. Journal of the American College of Cardiology, 45(8): 1326–1333.
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerRakesh K. Pai, MD, FACC - Cardiology, ElectrophysiologySpecialist Medical ReviewerJohn M. Miller, MD, FACC - Cardiology, Electrophysiology
Current as ofJanuary 27, 2016
Current as of:
January 27, 2016
Rakesh K. Pai, MD, FACC - Cardiology, Electrophysiology & John M. Miller, MD, FACC - Cardiology, Electrophysiology
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