Adults with Congenital Heart Disease Need Exercise, Too

Living with a congenital heart defect doesn't mean sidelining an active lifestyle. In fact, for many adults with congenital heart defects, engaging in physical activity is possible and beneficial. But it's important to approach these activities with caution. 

Understand Your Congenital Heart Condition

Not all congenital heart defects are the same, and the impact on physical activity can vary. Work with a health care provider to understand your specific condition. Some individuals may find that certain activities are more suitable for their condition, while others may need to take more precautions.

Engaging in physical activity is essential for maintaining overall health, including heart health. It's recommended to choose activities that align with your abilities and limitations. Low-impact exercises and moderate-intensity activities are generally safer. Regular monitoring by a health care provider can help determine the right level of exercise intensity.

Nutrition and Congenital Heart Defects

Eating a healthy diet is important for everyone but is even more important for people with congenital heart defects. Proper nutrition supports overall heart health and can help improve exercise performance. Your primary care provider can help you create a personalized meal plan that aligns with your needs.

Routine Checkups

Regular monitoring of your condition is essential when you're involved in sports or physical activities. Routine check-ups can help detect any changes or developments in your heart condition.

Early detection allows for timely intervention and adjustments in the individual's activity level. This ensures a balance between staying active and protecting heart health.

Adults with congenital heart defects can participate in sports and physical activities, but it requires a thoughtful and individualized approach. By understanding the specific type of heart defect, taking necessary precautions, maintaining a healthy diet, and undergoing regular screenings, individuals can lead an active and fulfilling lifestyle while prioritizing their heart health.

Always consult with health care professionals for personalized advice tailored to your unique circumstances.

Adult Congenital Heart Disease Care at University Health

Learn about the adult congenital heart disease care at University Health on our website.

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