What is recommended preparation for an obese patient undergoing a cardiac rehabilitation program?

Cardiac rehab. A baseline treadmill stress test is useful to provide an exercise prescription. This helps tell us the boundaries that can be safely set for an exercise workload for a particular patient. This will vary from patient to patient. It is also something that we can measure progress against over time.
Doctor clearance. It would be important to have your doctor certify that it is safe to begin the rehab. That would mean that there are no acute problems that could result in complications such as uncontrolled high blood pressure, anemia, unstable chest pain, etc. Commonly, some kind of stress test is also done prior to starting the rehab. And the doctor can also recommend how much exercise is safe.

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What exercises are recommended after a patient completes a cardiac rehabilitation program?

Anaerobic & aerobic. The exact exercises will depend on a number of factors. These include the exercise options at the facility, types of instructors, equipment, etc. However, the program itself should include both anerobic or resistance training like weights for strength as well as some activities aimed at increasing aerobic capacity as well. Read more...
Moderate exercise. Walking, cycling or other physical activities you enjoy are usually permissible, if you keep your pulse at 70-80% of your maximum heart rate. Read more...