Remember to always talk to your doctor before starting or changing your exercise routine.
Once your doctor agrees that you are ready to return to most of your normal activities, you should discuss a moderate exercise program to help you rebuild your strength and avoid weight gain. To ensure a good workout, be sure to work to your peak activity level and maintain it for several minutes; however, keep in mind that your transplanted heart will not function in the same way as a normal heart. Your transplanted heart will beat faster and will respond more slowly to exercise. Be sure to ask your doctor what your peak heart rate should be when exercising.
Actions to avoid during initial recovery (your doctor will determine how long to avoid these specific activities):
After surgery, you’ll want to rest. As time passes and you start to feel a little better, you can slowly begin a moderate exercise program if your doctor agrees that you’re ready. Start by following these simple steps:
No matter what kind of transplant you’ve had, you’ll want to create an exercise plan with your transplant team that meets your needs. Here are some tips to get you started:
Once exercise becomes a regular part of your life, it can be easy to overdo it. If you experience any of the following issues, stop exercising and notify your doctor immediately:
As the years pass following your transplant surgery, you’ll want to continue to follow a program of regular exercise as prescribed by your doctor. And always try new activities if you get bored. What’s most important is that you challenge yourself by doing activities that help you stay motivated.