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6/11/12 1:06 P

Talk to your doctor!

Doing cardio & raising your heart rate makes your heart healthier... :)

Try a recumbent exercise bike--very low stress & easy on the body, and a nice way to get that heart-raising cardio into your day.

All, of course, after you've been cleared by a doctor!!! :)

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6/11/12 1:01 P

I am going to say what everyone else has...get your doctor to clear you for exercise and tell you what you can do, for how long and what your heart rate range should be. Once you have that information there shouldn't be anything to fear. Your doctor is probably going to order a stress test and this will give him a good start, but you need to be honest about your medical history regarding diet pill and "other things" so he will know whether or not to run additional tests. Best of luck!

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6/11/12 12:38 P

If you get the OK from your doctor, then I recommend that you do your calculations(or have your doctor do them for you), so you know your healthy heart rate range. Then invest in a HRM to be able to constantly keep an eye on your heart rate. Also learn how to listen to your body, do the talk test, etc. to make sure you are not over doing it. Start slow and easy, take your time increasing distance and intensity, and hopefully strengthen your heart, lungs, muscles, and mind. Keep the faith.

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6/11/12 12:34 P

Thank you all for the replys. I'm going to stick with light walking until I speak to my doctor

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6/11/12 12:23 P

As a person with a heart condition, I would strongly suggest speaking with your doctor if you even suspect the pills have caused harm. It's always a good idea to speak with a medical provider before starting a program like this anyway, but heart conditions can be tricky business so please be cautious.

If you think it a heart rhythm issue, ask for a Holter Monitor. You wear it for 30 days and it records your heart rhythm, rate, etc. This is a good way to find out if you have something that requires treatment.

Best of luck.

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6/10/12 11:36 P

Go to the doctor. Now.

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6/10/12 11:25 P


I, too, think that if you have concerns regarding your heart rate, getting medical clearance from your doctor may not be a bad idea.

Coach Nancy

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6/10/12 9:56 P

If you feel you've done something to your heart with meds, def see a doctor, no questions. Otherwise, consider starting slow, perhaps with a walking program -- walkfit with Kathy Smith or somesuch. That will get you moving slowly to start.

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6/10/12 8:58 P

As long as your off any of those pills now, you should be fine. Just get out there and see how it goes and don't do too much the first day.

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6/10/12 7:17 P

Please go see your doctor before stressing your heart out! Although it's rare, sudden cardiac arrest can happen in young people and anyone that's been sedentary for a period should get a check up before launching into new exercise and diet programs.

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6/10/12 5:03 P

You need to go visit a doctor to get clearance to start an exercise program if you think you caused yourself harm

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6/10/12 5:02 P

I think that if you have concerns, your best choice is to just ask your doctor. None of us can possibly know what's safe or not! Make an appointment right away, and have your doctor check things out before you start your exercise program. This is good advice for everyone, and especially if you have concerns that may keep you from exercising safely.

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6/10/12 4:55 P

I have taken some weight loss pills and other things in the past that make me fear for my heart. Is it dangerous for me to do cardio and raise my heart rate?? I want to start using a treadmill or elliptical but I'm scared to get my heart pumping too fast!

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