Many people who have
bariatric surgery do so because they want to manage weight-related medical conditions like
heart disease. However, it should be noted that gastric bypass surgery
and sleeve gastrectomy are not substitutes for smart lifestyle changes
like regular physical activity. Your surgeon will counsel you about exercising
before and after your procedure.
Consulting Your Doctor
Exercise is a crucial step in managing heart disease and reaching a healthy
weight. When you work out your muscles during an aerobic exercise program,
you also strengthen your heart muscle. Plus, physical activity is an excellent
way to control blood pressure, cholesterol, and blood sugar levels. However,
people with heart disease need to take
precautions before starting a new exercise program or changing an existing one. Your doctor may ask you to do a stress test.
This simple, non-invasive test will help your doctor to customize exercise
recommendations that are safe for you.
Starting a Workout Routine
Once you’ve cleared your new workout program with your doctor, it’s
best to start slowly. If it’s very hot outside, exercise in an air
conditioned building. When you do exercise outdoors, do so in the early
morning or evening hours. Many patients with heart disease and those who
are recovering from bariatric surgery begin working out with a walking
routine. With your doctor’s clearance, gradually increase the intensity
and length of your workouts. Drink plenty of water during and after your
workout and take brief rests before you overexert yourself.
Staying Alert to Heart Trouble
If you experience any unusual symptoms, stop exercising. Signs of heart
trouble may include dizziness, chest pain, nausea, irregular heartbeat
and shortness of breath if they do not correspond to your level of exertion.
Your doctor can let you know how to handle heart symptoms that develop
during exercise. You may need to keep fast-acting medications with you
when you are working out, for example. You should also always keep your
fully charged cellphone with you during your workouts, just in case you
need to call 9-1-1.
At The JFK Bariatric Institute, you’ll find a patient-centered approach
to care. Our bariatric surgeons in Atlantis connect patients to the wellness
resources and support services they need to take control of their
heart health. For more information or to request a physician referral, call us 24/7
at 561-548-4JFK (4535) or visit us online at www.JFKMC.com.