Re: weight lifting?
Well, my cardiologist (which I don't really trust by the way) was more concerned about my heart rate than my BP and weightlifting. I'm not sure if he understood that I meant "real" strength training with heavy weights, maybe he assumed light weights because I'm a woman. Anyway, for some reason he said to keep my HR under 160 (I'm only 22!) but he didn't make a single comment about the weight lifting.
About the BP thing... Weight lifting causes BP to spike. But so does coughing, laughing and sneezing, no? Why is one dangerous and not the rest?
I founf a definition of coughing: "Compressive short sudden powerful expiratory movement against a closed glottis." Which sounds a lot like the Valsalva manoeuver, which, depending on the source, is dangerous or protective of the heart...
And I'm still not clear on what cardiologists consider to be "heavy" weight lifting...
Last edited by starsofglass; 08-11-2005 at 04:26 AM.