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Pericarditis and precautionary measures - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 13-Jan-2012
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Very Good Posted in: Hypertension and Heart Disease
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User :   hi
Doctor :   Hi
Doctor :  
Are you back?
User :   Yes
User :   ok so you were saying about light exercise after 3 weeks?
Doctor :  
So after 3 weeks you can start with normal exercise at the Heart rate, 120 beats / minute
User :   ok so what you recommend as i usually do an hour....broken up into 20 mins aerobics, 20 mins weights and 20 mins abs
User :   but i think this may be too much correct?
Doctor :  
Doctor :  
You can gradually increase to 145 beats/ min aerobics
Doctor :  
over a period of 3 weeks
Doctor :  
Doctor :  
Fluid intake of 3 litres / day
User :   ok im not terrible sure what the beats are for my current what would you recommend for starting off with for exercising?
Doctor :  
non caffenated
User :   no caffine?
Doctor :   yes
Doctor :  
for next 3 weeks
User :   right i have been drining a lot of coffee still
Doctor :  
or maximum of 1 cup of coffee
User :   i didnt realize this was an issue?
User :   why does caffine affect it?
Doctor :   The heart rate increase
User :   ok so maximum one cup a day
User :   ?
Doctor :  
User :   great good to know
User :   no back to the exercising
User :   now
User :   what do you recommend to start with?
Doctor :  
You can start with walks at the pace of 5km/ hour
User :   for a few weeks?
Doctor :  
2 weeks
Doctor :  
gradually increase to 7 / hr
User :   ok and avoid aerobics, weights and abs untill when?
Doctor :  
6 weeks
Doctor :  
You should not get an episode of pain during your mild exercise
Doctor :  
IT means that you are fit then
User :   well i am not in bad shape id say
User :   i could be better
Doctor :  
User :   anything else i should avoid?
User :   in terms of foods, drinks or activities?
Doctor :  
Good nutritious diet ( low fat, fresh vegetables and fruits), Water intake and mild activity
Doctor :  
are the key for faster recovery
User :   ok thats good to now that i think of it i met a friend yesterday and probably over the day had 4-5 cups of coffee so maybe this was a trigger?
Doctor :  
Might be a reason to think retrospectively
User :   ok also alcohol should be avoided correct? I havent had a drink since on the meds just out of common sense but i was told t specifically avoid it but I as I say I assume that I should not drink and alchohol?
User :   * but i want told specifically
Doctor :  
Doctor :   you should avoid alcohol till next 2 weeks
User :   untill i finish the meds?
Doctor :  
Keep away from it as far as possible
User :   ok last question can smoking affect it?
Doctor :  
Doctor :  
Doctor :  
Smoking reduces the healing
Doctor :  
it inflames the heart more
User :   ok thats also good to know thanks for all your help
User :   i have still been smoking
User :   which i gueess i shouldnt
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