HCM Fitness Programs
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If you are a Stable Cardiac Patient or an HCM Patient, 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 stable cardiac patients participate in the American Heart Association (AHA) “Recommendations for Physical Activity in Adults”.
Adults engage in at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity aerobic activity weekly.
Or alternatively, 75 to 150 minutes of vigorous-intensity aerobic exercise weekly.
Cardiac Patients, in particular, patients with HCM who wish to participate at that level are encouraged to discuss their level of participation and Sudden Cardiac Death risk assessment with their Cardiologist or a Cardiologist who specializes in HCM.
AHA Guidelines also encourage 2 sessions of muscular strengthening a week.
The Borg Scale of Perceived Exertion
range to stay within.
The fitness programs here are focused on developing optimal fitness for patients with HCM, while also working on developing functional fitness.
That being said, you may be looking to move beyond these programs or are experiencing unique challenges that are preventing you from exercising comfortably.
Challenges can arise from due to postural challenges, injuries, sitting for long periods of time and from the stresses of daily life. Either way, here are some additional resources to help you move ahead: