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With a history of bypass surgery and no cardiologist immediately available to me now, how often should I exercise on a treadmill?

I had bypass surgery 6 years ago and seem to be in good health. I now live in a small town with no cardiologist. How often should I use a treadmill and what is the best kind to have? Thank you!

submitted by John from Weiser, Idaho on 2/16/2014


by Texas Heart Institute cardiologist, Jose Diez, MD  

Jose G. Diez, MDIn reference to time: 30 to 45 minutes of physical activity per day would be ideal. Walking, bicycle, elliptical are options. If using a treadmill, an interval program alternating speed and incline every 5 minutes x 20 minutes may help. The goal would be to walk at a max speed of 4 miles per hour; the kind depends on the individual.

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Updated February 2014
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