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If you are in a cardiac rehab program, you are probably taking medicines for your heart and for other health reasons.
Some prescribed medicines can change your heart rate, blood pressure, and overall ability to exercise. It's important for your rehab team to know what medicines you take.
Give your rehab team a list of the medicines you are taking, especially if they cause any side effects during exercise.
This table lists medicines that you might be taking and how they affect exercise.
Affect heart rate (HR)?
Affect blood pressure (BP)?
Affect exercise capacity?
Angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors
Angiotensin II receptor blockers (ARBs)
May lower HR, depending on the type of medicine
Decrease, but may increase if you have angina
Calcium channel blockers
Raise or lower HR (depending on the drug)
Increase, if atrial fibrillation or heart failure is present
Increase, if angina is present
Lower BP (raises BP after exercise)
Medicines for anxiety or depression may affect your blood pressure and heart rate.
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerRakesh K. Pai, MD - Cardiology, ElectrophysiologyMartin J. Gabica, MD - Family MedicineE. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal MedicineAdam Husney, MD - Family MedicineSpecialist Medical ReviewerRichard D. Zorowitz, MD - Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Current as ofDecember 6, 2017
Current as of: December 6, 2017
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review: Rakesh K. Pai, MD - Cardiology, Electrophysiology & Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine & E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Richard D. Zorowitz, MD - Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
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