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Exercise After Bypass Surgery: Walking

Man and woman walking outdoors.

If your doctor gives you a home walking program, be sure to follow it. If not, follow these tips:

  • Start by walking 4 to 6 times a day. Walk for 5 to 6 minutes each time.

  • Do this 5 days a week. Rest the other 2 days.

  • As you feel stronger, you can walk around your neighborhood, at a shopping mall, or on a track.

  • Walk inside when the weather is very hot or very cold.

  • Wear loose-fitting clothes and sturdy, comfortable shoes with non-skid soles.

  • If neighbors stop you to talk, tell them you need to walk without stopping. You can talk later. Or invite them to walk with you. 

  • Learn to take your pulse while you walk. Learn what your baseline heart rate is. Your pulse will go up somewhat with walking. If it becomes too fast or you become dizzy, stop and rest. If your heart rate stays high, call for help.

Online Medical Reviewer: Fetterman, Anne, RN, BSN
Online Medical Reviewer: Mancini, Mary, MD
Last Review Date: 10/1/2016
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