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When you should stop exercising

As you exercise, check your heart rate and monitor your body's responses. Stop and rest if you have any of the following symptoms:

  • pain, pressure, burning or tightness in your neck, jaw, teeth, and arm, or between your shoulder blades
  • dizziness or lightheadedness
  • nausea and vomiting
  • cold sweat
  • heavy sweating
  • shortness of breath that makes talking difficult
  • unusual fatigue or exhaustion
  • feelings that your heart is pounding or racing
  • fainting or black-out spells
  • a feeling that your heart is skipping beats or has become irregular
  • chest pain or pressure
  • any new orthopedic problems, such as joint or muscle pain.

If symptoms do not go away after resting, or if they keep happening, contact your health care team. Use nitroglycerin as directed by your health care team. If you feel no relief, call 911.



Source: Allina Health's Patient Education Department, Helping Your Heart, fourth edition, cvs-ahc-90648

First published: 10/04/2002
Last updated: 06/01/2007

Reviewed by: Allina Health's Patient Education Department experts