Hello, I'm 54 years old and about 2 weeks ago I had a heart attack. The doctor discovered I had blockage in 3 arteries (100%, 50-70%, and 70-80%). I had a stent inserted in my 100% blockage and I'm due to go back for a second, and possibly a third stent next month. I've always considered myself very healthy, and for the past 5 years leading up to my incident I was fast-walking approximately 15-20 miles per week and playing disc golf 3-4 times/week. Then I had my heart attack while driving (sweaty, chest pressure with no pain, shortness of breath) and subsequent stent placement. My cardiologist said I could start walking when I felt good enough, so I've been walking every day, and I feel better than I have in a several months. I really want to play disc golf again (basically throwing a Frisbee-like disc at a basket-type goal—18 holes takes about 35-45 minutes at my local course) but I'm not sure if it would be safe to do so. Would appreciate input from anyone with similar experience. Thanks!
It's fantastic that you have been exercising over the years and are motivated to keep it up! The decision of how and when and where to begin exercise after a heart attack should be made between you and your cardiologist. It might be a great time to talk about cardiac rehabilitation, a structured exercise program that is prescribed, and has been associated with improvements in hard clinical outcomes by 20%!
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