exercise and aortic dilation

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   Posted 8/2/2017 1:29 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi, I am 44 and extremely fit. I workout up to 2 hours a day 6 days a week. Since buying a fitbit for Christmas, I was concerned about my high heart rate (85-100) at rest. Following stress test and monitor nothing was amiss until a CT scan showed a dilated aorta. It was blurry due to the fast hr and had an echo which showed up 4.2 cm dilation and calcified bicuspid valve. I have had a letter saying I will be referred to congenital heart disease and will not require surgery for a few years thats it!!! I am only 5 ft and feel like I am living in limbo. I still feel invincible and am an avid weight lifter and HIIT enthusiast. Reading conflicting research about what I can and cannot do regarding exercise. I will go mad if I am told to stop but am a single parent to two young girls and feel like I am risking my life in order to fulfil what can only be described as my addiction to exercise. Please help!!!!

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   Posted 8/2/2017 3:12 PM (GMT -6)   
Did you ask the doctor about your exercise program? Honestly, you can't always rely on Dr. Google.

Good Luck,


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   Posted 8/2/2017 3:59 PM (GMT -6)   
He just said not to worry!!!

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   Posted 8/8/2017 9:25 AM (GMT -6)   
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 smile 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)

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Date Joined Dec 2015
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   Posted 12/15/2017 3:51 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi my husband aorta is 4.5. They told him not to lift any weights. Or anything over 50l
50 lbs. he goes every 6 months for MRI of the heart. To make sure it is not growing. I would go to
I would go to a specialist that deals with the aorta.
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