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Exercise recommendations for those with implantable cardioverter-defibrillator; reduce colorectal cancer risk by taking aspirin

DEAR MAYO CLINIC: I recently had an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator installed to shock my heart back into a normal rhythm if a deadly arrhythmia starts. I have been nervous about working out ever since. Should I avoid getting my heart rate up with exercise?

ANSWER: Recommendations to get at least 30 to 60 minutes of moderately intense exercise most days generally don't change if you have an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator. Still, you'll want to talk to your doctor about your specific situation before starting to exercise. Typically, there are activity restrictions for two to four weeks after the implant procedure, such as not raising your left arm above shoulder height...