Have stent, what’s considered too much Exercise?? From a lbs perspective

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   Posted 3/4/2011 3:28 PM (GMT -6)   



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January 2010 I had a heart attack.  At that time, I was 34 years old.  They put a stent in, and luckily I suffered no damage to my heart.  My family has a history of heart disease.


I’ve always enjoyed working out.  Usually working out with heavy weights.  My cardiologist told me there is no need for me to be bench pressing 200lbs+ anymore.  He mentioned my focus should be cardio, and that too much physical stress (bench press, squats, etc) is not good for my heart, and could damage my stent.


My question is, what exercises can I do that won’t put too much stress on my heart?  For example, should I switch to push-ups? Can I do chin up?  If I continue to bench press should I just reduce the weight and do more reps?


Any good books/websites that can help?





What I don’t understand is if I lower the weight and do more reps, towards the end of my set, my heart is pumping just as hard as if I was to do 5 reps with more weight. 

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   Posted 3/6/2011 1:12 PM (GMT -6)   
I believe the answer to  one of your questions is you are doing cardio versus muscle building exercise.

The difference between strength training and cardio workouts is like the difference between Arnold Schwarzenegger and Lance Armstrong, simply said. Comparing the two is absolutely pointless. And while both may be different, they each have their strengths. You'll find the same thing with these workouts, and both would help you get in shape. Right now you want to work on building up your cardio muscle and endurance  and  not worry about bulking up your muscles .

I hope that was helpful for you.



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