How can we heal cardiovascular disease? Although years ago it was thought that those who had suffered a cardiovascular disease should rest to recover, over time, this belief was de-mystified.

A MYTH THAT DISAPPEARED WITH TIME 

 

According to the Colombian cardiologist Juan Manuel Sarmiento, who was in Chile within the framework of the 2nd International Symposium of Exercise Science and Physical Activity, organized by the Universidad Mayor: “In the 70’s we began to see that physical activity is effective to recover from a heart attack. And it was proven that it also helps in other heart diseases.” 

Exercise is a fundamental tool for patients who have suffered a heart attack, an open heart surgery, the implantation of a pacemaker or a heart transplant, says the doctor, who is a specialist in cardiovascular rehabilitation and coordinator of the Prevention Center Cardiovascular of the Shaio Clinic Foundation of Colombia.

 

REHABILITATION

it is always recommended to start doing physical activity, if possible, eight days after leaving the hospital, says Sarmiento. 

“The type of exercise depends on each person. It should start with dynamic activities to move the body, such as a walking, cycling, elliptical or arm movements. Ten weeks later you can start to strengthen the muscles with machines or light weights “.

Sarmiento clarifies that it is important to start small, without forcing the body. At the beginning, exercise 10 or 15 minutes a day, twice a week, but over time the load must be progressively increased. 

The specialist concludes: “The main benefits at cardiovascular level are that the heart is strengthened, the heart rate and blood pressure decrease. It improves the endothelium, which is the inner layer of the arteries, and helps maintain cholesterol at an adequate level “.

 Now we just have to put these tips into practice.

By Andrea Manuschevich

Source: El Mercurio