Beta blocking agents prescribed for hypertension, cardiac disease or other disorder may affect a person's ability to exercise. A person can continue to exercise provided adjustments are made for physiologic changes.


Consequences of taking a beta-adrenergic blocking agent:

(1) A risk of hyperthermia during exertion in a warm environment.

(2) Reduced submaximal endurance performance and maximal aerobic exercise capacity.

(3) A person with angina and symptom-limiting exercise capacity may have improved exercise capacity.

(4) The target heart rate during exercise should be (a) slightly lower on beta blocking therapy and (b) measured at a constant interval after taking the last dose.


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