Hi! I have congenital heart disease, Bicuspid Aortic Valve disease to be exact. My aorta is dilated to about
3.9 currently. I had my natural valve replaced 5 years ago with a bio-prosthetic aortic valve. They couldn't repair my aortic dilation as I had endocarditis at the time.
So nice to meet a fellow exercise addict! I work out 7 days a week, some times twice a day. I'm also a weightlifter and HIIT enthusiast. And I prefer to lift heavy
Now I'm a small female, age 42, so I can't throw more that 100# overhead, but I am 5'2, 125, squat 155# and I do it with zero worry. I'm checked every year and my dilation has not grown since I've been lifting. BUT.... I do have that fancy new valve to help me out.
I would say that someone with a AAA and has never lifted, would be totally different that someone that has been lifting, as the strain would be much greater for a newbie.
Now that being said, I maintain low blood pressure and my resting heart rate is about
65. I did take beta blockers when I began working out after my valve replacement. I have been off of them for a little over a year now and LOVE being able to get my HR up to peak levels.
I do take pre-workout as well with a little pump. I do either caffeine pump OR nitric oxide, but not the two together.
I go hard and stay happy. Now I've known about
my heart stuffs my entire life, so I'm probably more at ease with it, but I refuse to let it stop me. I am followed at a very good Adult Congenital heart Clinic and I trust my docs and am honest about
my lifestyle and how I want to live. They follow me and try to keep me in the game.
Post Edited (jdiane) : 8/8/2017 8:30:08 AM (GMT-6)