Which sport can help? | Therapy of angina pectoris

Which sport can help?

The right sport in the right dose leads to an improved blood circulation of the heart. However, sport is contraindicated in patients with unstable angina pectoris. Patients who are already known to have coronary heart disease should first consult their attending cardiologist.

The cardiologist can decide whether and to what extent exercise is recommended. During an ergometric examination, he can determine whether ECG changes occur under physical exertion which are worth clarifying. If this is not the case, all moderate endurance and strength sports are recommended for patients with stable angina pectoris.

Training should be started slowly and gradually increased. Optimum training sessions are 3-5 times per week with a duration of 30-90 minutes. Possible endurance sports include cycling, hiking, walking, jogging or swimming.

Which sport is suitable for which patient depends of course always on possible concomitant diseases. For example, for heart patients who also suffer from arthrosis or spinal diseases, cycling or swimming is a better option than sports.