CHECKING YOUR HEART RATE (PULSE)
In the early recovery period, your heart rate should not go higher than 20 beats above your average resting heart rate unless specified otherwise. After the recovery period to increase your exercise progress, obtain further direction from your physician or from the cardiac rehabilitation program staff.
Note: 20 beats above the resting heart rate is not the target heart rate for exercise, but the upper limit of a safe range for most people in the early recovery period. Your physician may modify this heart rate guideline. If you want help learning how to take your heart rate, ask the medical staff to teach you how to take your pulse.