Exercise and aortic valve regurgitation

If you do not have symptoms of aortic valve regurgitation, and your left ventricle is working well, your doctor may recommend regular, light aerobic exercise, such as walking. But do not start an exercise program on your own without first discussing it with your doctor. Your doctor may recommend you have tests to see what sort of exercise is safe for you.

As long as your left ventricle has sufficient pumping ability, you can participate in all forms of normal daily activity. This includes mild forms of exercise and in some cases even competitive sports. But you should avoid exercise that uses muscle contraction to strengthen and tone your muscles, usually involving pushing against resistance, such as weight lifting or push-ups (isometric exercise).

If your left ventricular function becomes abnormal, be sure to speak with your doctor about the level of activity that is safe for you.

Last Updated: January 7, 2010

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