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If you have mild to moderate
mitral valve regurgitation (MR) and do not have
symptoms, you likely do not have to limit your physical activity.
If you do have symptoms or if you have irregular heart rhythms or changes in your heart size or function, you may need to be cautious about physical activity. But regular activity, even low-level activity such as walking, will help keep your heart healthy. If you want to start being more active, talk to your doctor first. Your doctor will help you create a safe exercise plan.
If you have questions or concerns about what physical activities are
appropriate for you, talk to your doctor. Even with MR, you may be able to
develop an exercise plan that suits your lifestyle.
If you have severe MR, you may need to limit your physical
You may need to avoid isometric exercise, which is exercise that
uses muscle contraction to strengthen and tone your muscles. Isometric exercise
usually involves pushing against resistance, as in weight lifting. These types
of exercises can elevate your blood pressure, thereby increasing the force
against which your heart must pump blood. As a rule, avoid
activities that involve sudden physical exertion at a level that is
significantly greater than that required for your normal activities.
Bonow RO, et al. (2008). 2008 Focused update
incorporated into the ACC/AHA 2006 Guidelines for the management of patients
with valvular heart disease: A report of the American College of
Cardiology/American Heart Association Task Force on Practice Guidelines
(Writing committee to revise the 1998 Guidelines for the management of patients
with valvular heart disease). Circulation, 118(15):
Current as of:
March 12, 2014
Rakesh K. Pai, MD, FACC - Cardiology, Electrophysiology & John A. McPherson, MD, FACC, FSCAI - Cardiology
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