Table 2.

Return to Exercise Guidance Chart

Severity of Symptoms
RecommendationsNo SymptomsMild SymptomsModerate Symptoms*Severe Symptoms or Hospitalized
RestNo exercise for 10 days from positive test resultNo exercise for 10 days or more since symptom onset AND no symptoms for >10 daysNo exercise for >10 days since symptom onset AND no symptoms for >10 daysSee your medical provider or cardiologist before returning to exercise
Cardiovascular testingNot advisedNot advisedEvaluation by a medical provider and consideration of cardiovascular testing
Return to exercise guidancePaced and gradual return to activityPaced and gradual return to activityClearance from medical provider to return to activity
  • Note: Stop activity and see your medical provider if new symptoms such as dizziness, chest pain, shortness of breath, or palpitations develop while returning to exercise.

  • * Patients above 65 years old or those with significant cardiovascular risk factors such as diabetes, hypertension, coronary artery disease, atrial fibrillation, or kidney disease would also fall into this category.