Exercise After Bypass Surgery: Walking

Exercise After Bypass Surgery: Walking

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If your doctor gives you a home walking program, be sure to follow it. If not, follow these tips:

  • Start by walking 4 to 6 times a day. Walk for 5 to 6 minutes each time.

  • Do this 5 days a week. Rest the other 2 days.

  • As you feel stronger, you can walk around your neighborhood, at a shopping mall, or on a track.

  • Walk inside when the weather is very hot or very cold.

  • Wear loose-fitting clothes and sturdy, comfortable shoes with non-skid soles.

  • If neighbors stop you to talk, tell them you need to walk without stopping. You can talk later. Or invite them to walk with you. 

  • Learn to take your pulse while you walk. Learn what your baseline heart rate is. Your pulse will go up somewhat with walking. If it becomes too fast or you become dizzy, stop and rest. If your heart rate stays high, or you develop other symptoms such as chest pain or shortness of breath, call 911 for help.

  • Ask your healthcare provider for a referral for a cardiac rehab program. Cardiac rehab can help you get back into your normal routine after surgery.

Online Medical Reviewer: Jonas DeMuro MD

Online Medical Reviewer: Lu Cunningham RN BSN

Online Medical Reviewer: Lu Cunningham RN BSN

Date Last Reviewed: 10/1/2016

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