Swimming With Heart Disease

As you may have realized by now, swimming is an excellent physical activity that can nourish both your body and your mind. It is our firm belief that everyone that everyone that is in a good health condition will benefit from engaging in the frequent exercise of swimming. Swimming is good for the muscles, good for the entire cardiovascular system, it’s easy on the bones and joints, and overall it will make you a stronger person, if you know your stuff.

But what happens if you have any health issues? God forbid, perhaps you have heart problems. Previous heart attack, angina, ischemic heart disease, all of these are serious conditions that will warrant yours and the attention of qualified medical professionals. While they are serious diseases indeed, if you’re diligent enough they can be managed to such an extent that you won’t even feel any consequences on your health.

Now, how does this relate to the hobby and sport of swimming? Well it relates big time. First of all, swimming can be a pretty strenuous exercise, taxing, as mentioned, the entire muscular system, and the cardiovascular system as well. Your heart, being the sole center and foundation for the entire cardiovascular system of your body, will have to work extra hard during swimming. Normally this is a good thing, but in the case of preexisting heart disease you must be vigilant.

What you first want to do in such a case is to talk to a qualified medical professional. The doctor is the person most likely to give you sound advice on the subject, based on your personal medical history and the modern advances of the medical science. You’ll do well to follow the advice of the doctor on whether to continue or to take up the hobby of swimming.

That being said, you’ll definitely want not to stray far into cold or hot waters. Both are taxing to the heart. You’ll want to stay in a water with a temperature of 26–33C (79–91F).

As a final note, only engage in swimming when you’re feeling good, and when there aren’t any counter-indices that imply you shouldn’t go for a swim. If you start swimming and start to feel symptoms of chest pain, light headedness, or any general discomfort, then discontinue swimming immediately and see if that has any effect on how you feel. If the discomfort or pain persists, call a doctor immediately.

If you manage these few things then swimming will not only not harm you in any way – it will positively make you stronger and more energetic. It truly is a wondrous exercise.