Harvard Heart Letter

Ask the doctor: Is swimming in cold water okay for my heart?

I love to swim in the ocean for 20 or 30 minutes. The water is cold (55? F) but I don't mind. I'm almost 80. I had my mitral valve repaired five years ago, and my heart rate is sometimes irregular. Are my cold-water swims okay for my heart?

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