Ask the Cardiologist: any limitations for heavy aerobic exercise after heart surgery?

man on treadmillDr. Maciej Malinski is on the medical staff at Sherman Hospital. He has been kind enough to answer some frequently asked questions related to maintaining a healthy heart in his Ask the Cardiologist series. To see all posts Dr. Malinski has written, just type “Ask the Cardiologist” into the search bar on the right.

Question from Khoi: Hello Dr. Malinski. I have just read your Q&A article about AAA and how it relates to Jeff Green of the Boston Celtics. I have also very recently had the surgery done on me at the ascending aorta area.

You mentioned that it is important to watch out for heavy lifting, such as as weight training and any daily physical activities. Are there any limitation for heavy aerobic exercise, such as hard running or even golfing that can be strenuous in the thoracic area?

Dr. Malinski: Khoi, thank you for your question.

Generally, aerobic exercise is advised as part of therapy after aortic aneurysm repair. I don’t think you have to worry about golfing; it is a leisure sport and even with an intense swing, you will not damage the repaired aorta.

Heavy weightlifting done on a regular basis can potentially cause progression of the native antic disease. I don’t think there is any data on heavy weightlifting after the surgery, but doctors usually follow with the same advice as for native disease.

For specifics of your exercise, you should definitely speak with your cardiovascular specialist or cardiac rehabilitation program.

Do you have a question for Dr. Malinski? To submit your question, either post it in the comments section below or email luke@shermanhealth.com with the subject line “Question for Dr. Malinski.” To schedule the essential (and painless) $79 Healthy Heart CT Scan, click here.

This post is published by Sherman Health to provide general health information. It is not intended to provide personal medical advice, which should be obtained directly from your physician.

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Sherman Health has provided medical care to Northern IL since 1888, and is currently home to a network of over 600 physicians. The Sherman blogs are edited by me, Luke. Questions? Comments? Links? Email address is luke at shermanhealth dot com.
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One Response to Ask the Cardiologist: any limitations for heavy aerobic exercise after heart surgery?

  1. Urologist in Delhi says:

    Thnks,it’s a great information.i agree with you.aerobic exercise is advised as part of therapy after aortic aneurysm repair. I don’t think you have to worry about golfing; it is a leisure sport and even with an intense swing, you will not damage the repaired aorta.

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