Can I exercise if I have had a treated aneurysm?

A concern after diagnosis of an unruptured aneurysm, or after treatment for an aneurysm, is what may put me at risk again? Knowing that have one aneurysm, means you have a 15-20% chance of another is enough to think about prevention and daily activity that can support your health in the long run.

Exercise is one of the purest forms of medicine next to food. Simple daily steps to manage your diet, your body composition and by default, your cardiovascular health are some of the best ways to get in front of your, or a loved ones diagnosis.

If you have an immediate family member diagnosed, exercise and diet can be your remedy for prevention, reducing the need for treatment.

Cardiovascular exercise within a healthy heart rate zone can strengthen the heart, improving blood vessels strength and reducing elevated blood pressure and cholesterol — two primary risk factors in aneurysm ruptures.

Limit your exercise to movements that do not put too much straining on the body (like heavy lifting), as this can put you at risk for future events. And make sure to identify your threshold. If you feel dizzy or lethargic, speak to your healthcare provider.