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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.