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Health Guide for Congenital Heart Disease

Why do we need information on exercise and congenital heart defects?

Posted on 12/22/18 in General Knowledge

We run the gamut. Some of us are competing in triathlons- or snow boarding aka Sean White.  Some of us are stuck on the couch- needlessly. Some of us really are stuck on the couch.  No matter where you are on the spectrum, activity is the key to your well-being.  Not only does it have physical benefits, but maybe more importantly, it has emotional/ mental benefits.  This blog will be dedicated to all.  We all need to move as much as we can within our limits.  What are your limits?  Who told you that?  If you answered, “my mom” then that could be the wrong answer. 

My dad bought me a bike when I survived my first OHS at 4.  A miracle, almost, back then in Atlanta.  I was the first “baby”  done at Emory.  My mom made me take swim lessons, synchronized swimming lessons and later swim team.  If your mom made you “sit on the couch” why? I’m 50. I have tetralogy of Fallot (TOF).  I’m a damn healthy TOFer. I am slow. I am weak.  I get out of breath.  I played basketball in high school I raced bikes in college- once.  Oh my hell that was intense. I taught group fitness.  I have competed in many ½ marathons.  Shocker- never won one!  Not everyone can do these things, but what can you do and why should you do it? Studies show that those with congenial heart disease have a 7% higher risk of a heart attack, or myocardial infarction over those without disease.  Exercise is medicine and can help prevent not only acquired heart disease but many other chronic diseases.  Not sure about you, but I get tired of going to the doctor!

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