Originally Posted by Haritec
I am surprised too when I read about my ejection fraction.
During the time when my left atrium was enlarging, I had symptoms of fast heart rate and breathing problems when lying down. I did not realize what was going wrong with me. I thought that it was due to my asthma.
I weight lift pretty intensely - ( I weigh 156 LBs and squat 165 for 4 sets of 12 reps, Deadlift 225 lbs, benchpress body weight etc)
Goodness! That's a lot of weight! Good for you! You must be in good physical shape. That is a big advantage for dealing with an enlarged ventricle.
I am not a health professional, merely a fellow heart patient, but you might consider reducing your weight lifting. It may not be a good idea for you to put any additional stress on your heart.
I've dealt with diastolic heart failure, permanent atrial fibrillation, insulin resistance, valve problems, thickening heart ventricle and septum walls, etc. for over 25 years. Now that my heart has significantly improved, at age 70 I can do over 100 full pushups; 300 curls with two ten pound hand weights; 60 side curls; 12 minutes stepper; 20 minutes bike; one hour power walk, per day; but I had to gradually work up to these exercise levels as my heart improved and was able to support the exercise levels.
I feel good when weight lifting - I suck a bit of wind but no chest pain or sense of heart racing. Cardio is harder - I can do a fast uphill walk OK but running I feel a bit of chest pressure.
I am amazed at what you can lift and do, without significant increases in symptoms, but, then again, I am just a fellow heart patient.
My heart failure symptoms increased significantly when I hit my late 50s. You are still young and probably in great physical shape and well toned. That is a big plus for you!
What types of meds are you on? I take 25mg Coreg twice a day; and .125mg digoxin once a day. Coreg, a beta blocker, has been shown to improve an enlarged heart, plus it has all kinds of other great health benefits, although it tires the hell out of you!