Exercise

After your heart transplant, your doctor and treatment team may recommend that you make exercise and physical activity a regular part of your life to continue to improve your overall physical and mental health.

Exercising regularly can help you control your blood pressure, reduce stress, maintain a healthy weight, strengthen your bones and increase your physical function.

Your Mayo Clinic treatment team will create an exercise program designed to meet your individual needs and goals. You'll participate in cardiac rehabilitation to help improve your endurance, strength and energy. Cardiac rehabilitation incorporates education and exercise to help you improve your health and recover after your heart transplant.

Mayo Clinic offers a Cardiac Rehabilitation Program at Mayo Clinic's campuses in Arizona, Florida and Minnesota to help people who have had a heart transplant or who have had heart disease recover and improve their health. A multidisciplinary team of specialists works together as a team to provide care.

Your exercise program may include warm-up exercises such as stretching or slow walking. Your treatment team may suggest physical activities such as walking, bicycling and strength training as part of your exercise program. Specialists in the treatment team will likely recommend you cool down after you exercise, perhaps by walking slowly. Discuss with your treatment team what activities may be appropriate for you.

Take a break from exercising if you feel tired. If you feel symptoms such as shortness of breath, nausea, irregular heart rate or dizziness, stop exercising. If your symptoms don't go away, contact your doctor right away.

International patients

International patients can request an appointment at any Mayo Clinic location.

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