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  • Exercise Tips for People with Cardiac Concerns to Consider When the Temperature Rises 

          Stabile, Loren
      Loren Stabile is the manager of the Center for Cardiac Fitness at the Cardiovascular Institute.  

    All it takes is one glorious spring day to melt away New Englanders’ memories of another brutal winter. 

    Thoughts of winter coats and shoveling snow quickly turn to beach days, gardening and bike rides along coastal trails.   

    The Center for Cardiac Fitness staff advises men and women with cardiac conditions or who are at risk of heart attack to ease themselves into the season.

    The center's team of cardiac experts -- dedicated to helping patients better understand and learn how to live with heart disease -- say summer heat and increased outdoor activity should not be taken lightly.    

    Stay Cool, Hydrated and in Touch with Your Body's Needs

    Gradually increasing activity, staying cool, and keeping an eye on hydration and nutrition can help people stay safe while improving their health.

    The Center for Cardiac Fitness offers the following advice:  


      The Center for Cardiac Fitness has been accredited by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation since 1996.  

    • People at high risk or who have suffered a cardiac episode in the past should always consult their physicians before engaging in increased physical activity. 

    • Stop exercising and consult a physician if you experience abnormal symptoms such as chest pain, chest pressure, arm pain, jaw pain, dizziness or extreme shortness of breath. 

    • Start exercising outdoors in the spring to allow your body to gradually adapt to the heat, which will improve circulatory and cooling efficiency.

    • Start off activities slowly and increase gradually in duration and speed. 

    • Always warm up before exercise and cool down when done.

    • Find shadier routes if your normal routine takes you into direct sunlight. Try to find dirt or gravel paths during walks, as pavement holds heat.

    • Remember to wear sunscreen and loose-fitting clothes. 

    • Exercise during the cooler parts of the day, avoiding the harmful midday sun.  

    • Check your pulse during exercise on a cooler, less humid day and then check it during a hotter, humid day.  Adjust the speed of your activity accordingly.
    • Wear proper footwear, preferably athletic sneakers or walking shoes.

    • Wear a pedometer to track steps and aim for small increases performed each day.  

    • Stretch after exercise to increase flexibility. 

    • Listen to your body. When you feel fatigued or in pain stop exercising.   

    If you want help improving your cardiac health, contact the Center for Cardiac Fitness at 401-793-5810.