Heart Disease and Fitness
What is Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy?
Heart disease can be congenital or acquired. It can affect the arteries that provide oxygen and nutrients to the heart, heart muscle function, valves that control the flow of blood through the heart as well as heart rhythm and abnormal growth.
Management of heart disease focuses on prevention and medical and interventional therapies designed to improve symptoms and extend life. This program is designed to complement therapies that your physician will advise you to undergo.
Blending the best in cardiac medicine with the latest fitness practices and promoting the American Heart Association (AHA) “Recommendations for Physical Activity in Adults”, and for those with HCM, the 2020 AHA/ACC Guideline for the Diagnosis and Treatment of Patients With Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy, this website is designed to optimize your heart health through step-by-step videos, key medical information and a proven exercise program.
Created for specially for Stable Cardiac patients and Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM) patients, our Heart Health by Design Fitness programs can also be followed by anyone seeking to improve their overall fitness and heart health.
Before beginning your program, please be sure to read Heart Health by Design Exercise Guidelines.
- Fitness encompasses how we move, eat and our resilience to daily life stressors.
- Cardiovascular and Muscular Fitness is extremely important to heart health and wellbeing.
- For HCM Patients: HCM patients traditionally have been overly restricted. Current guidelines have relaxed suggestions for exercise participation.
(2020 AHA/ACC Guideline for the Diagnosis and Treatment of Patients With Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy).
Heart Health by Design Exercise Guidelines
It is strongly suggested you read these guidelines to understand what level of participation is encouraged, how to navigate your level of exercise intensity and other important safety considerations.
- It is encouraged that most HCM patients participate in the American Heart Association (AHA) “Recommendations for Physical Activity in Adults.” while adhering to the (2020 AHA/ACC Guideline for the Diagnosis and Treatment of Patients With Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy)
- Adults engage in at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity aerobic activity.
- Or alternatively, 75 to 150 minutes of vigorous-intensity aerobic exercise weekly. Individuals who wish to participate at that level are encouraged to discuss their level of participation and SCD risk assessment with an expert in HCM.
- AHA guidelines also encourage 2 sessions of muscular strengthening a week.