My child has a congenital heart disease, Could my child do exercise?
Significant advances in the management of children with congenital heart disease (CHD) have resulted in marked improvements in survival and life expectancy. Thus, there is an increased emphasis on promoting physical activity to optimise healthy development and long-term cardiovascular health. In general, children with CHD should be advised to comply with public health recommendations of daily participation in 60 min or more of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity. Evaluation of physical activity levels as part of ongoing clinical care is recommended to facilitate physical activity counselling and/or exercise prescription.
The intensity of the exercise will depend on the clinical situation and your pediatric cardiologist should determine the limits
While all patients with CHD can participate and benefit from physical activity and exercise, those with specific lesions or complications (pulmonary hypertension or aortic stenosis) may require counselling regarding precautions and recommendations.
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