Climbing with Angina – No Stupid Questions

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burningquestions2Jimmer: “I have stable angina. Can I still cycle up steep hills?”

Hey Jimmer! I’m really glad you asked this question because it seems that many people are too afraid to even try engaging in physical activity when they have a condition that may prevent them from doing so. Fear isn’t cool, but talking to your doctor first is. In all honesty, my dad has suffered from heart problems all his life, and, with close supervision from his doctor, he has been able to ride up hills and otherwise for years. He never leaves without a heart rate monitor and quick-acting nitroglycerin.

No matter what, though, it’s vital that you discuss your exercise plan with your doctor before you hit the hills. I’m not even a doctor of literature, so I can’t tell you whether or not it’s safe for you to ride up steep climbs. But if your doctor gives you the OK, you’ll probably still want to take an excellent HRM with you. Here’s the kind I use, which is soft, super comfortable, and links to my Garmin Edge.

If you do get the OK, feel free to hop back over here and comment! I’m curious to know what your doctor recommends.

Got a burning question you want answered? Send it over to me, and I’ll answer to the best of my ability. Because it’s important to remember, there are no stupid questions!


About Bek 301 Articles
SLO Cyclist's former chief editor and recovering road snob, Bek made sure everything ran smoothly around here. She was also the one who reminded us not to take ourselves too seriously--unless it involves black socks. Black socks are always serious.

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