Q: What type of exercise is advised? Does it exclude cardio?
A: “Patients can undertake cardiovascular exercise and indeed this can be very good for their well-being and prognosis. However, the intensity and period of the exercise must be tailored to their condition,” Behr said.
In general, if the condition is negatively affected by exercise, high-intensity, endurance or competitive sports are best avoided and a personalised approach from a cardiologist is advised, he added.
Q: What are actions people can take to reduce the risk of cardiac arrest while exercising? What are the warning signs?
A: Avoiding excessively intense or prolonged exercise or competitive sports is usually the key to minimising risk while maximising benefit from exercise in patients with conditions that place them at risk of cardiac arrest, Behr said.
If patients have chest pain, breathlessness, palpitations, or dizziness during exercise, they should stop exercising immediately and seek medical help, he advised.
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