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Old 02-22-2013, 07:58 AM   #1
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Heart palpitations/irregular beats - should I workout?

27 yr old male, peak physical shape,eat healthy,non smoker.

Last week I got heart palpitations and what felt like irregular heart beats over 30-40 times per day for the past week. They only lasted like 4-5 seconds each time...they have been getting less frequent and less "strong" feeling. Which is good... I seen a doctor and was sent for tests. No results have come in yet and I have an appointment with a specialist in about a month from now. All we know is I have high blood pressure. 165/90 on average.

I'm wondering if I'm "aloud" to lift weights? Doc told me to relax this week which I did. But now I'm getting majorly bummed out and really miss working out hard. Wondering if it's ok to lift weights with an undiagnosed issue? In my mind it would be ok... But my friend told me not too as he said if I have such an irregular heart beat with palpitations I can risk going into cardiac arrest if I do have some form of heart disease.

Anyways, just wondering what people think. I know some people think its a silly question, and I should just relax... But lifting weigts is as important to me as eating and sleeping.

If I can get a professionals advice that would be even better
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Old 02-22-2013, 10:13 AM   #2
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Re: Heart palpitations/irregular beats - should I workout?

Greetings atonce102! Welcome to the healthboards! I am sorry to inform that weightlifting has been determined by some physicians to cause heart murmurs. I would not ever lift weights again personally. However that does not mean that some form of exercise cannot be done in my opinion. I would just change to brisk walking and of course one could call the doctor and ask if it is ok to do that if desired. I would walk where there are pleasant views all around if possible to help cheer the heart. If desired a friend could be brought. Of course each person is in charge of his own health care and is responsible for his own health decisions. Peace, sjb

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Old 02-22-2013, 12:01 PM   #3
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Re: Heart palpitations/irregular beats - should I workout?

I was not aware that lifting weights can cause heart problems, been lifitng for the last 12 years and have never had any issues. im not disagreeing, but ill surely look into it further and bring it up to the specialist when i see him. Maybe i will wait until I get my results or an actual diagnosis before I start back up.

I also forgot to mention my resting heart rate is around 63-66 beats per minute.. if that makes a difference.

Disapointing though if you go from frequently weight lifting heavily to having to only have brisk walks...Its a lifestyle for me so I couldnt see myself no longer being able to bodybuild.

Are there any other tests that i should be asking my doctor for?
so far ive had an EKG, large panel of blood work done and Renal kidney Ultrasound.
What specificly can happen to my heart if i lift weights? are these things reversable?

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Old 02-22-2013, 12:51 PM   #4
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Re: Heart palpitations/irregular beats - should I workout?

Greetings my understanding about what happens is that the artery pressure on the inside builds up from the intense intrabdominal pressure, this backs the blood up until the little tiny heart valve tissue weakens. If weights are left off it might help prevent further damage in my opinion. Children who are born with murmurs as babies are sometimes left with the murmur for life or for years at least. Sometimes the murmurs may come and go. If a woman has a baby with a murmur in place she may have hers worsen during labor and delivery with the intense pushing and intrabdominal pressures. It seems to me that if a person has normal activity and normal walking or normal grocery activity and doesn't do activities too intensely then the murmurs at least might not worsen and may even go. But if there is intense abdominal pressure then there is a potential for difficulty with the valve.

As far as other tests go an ECHO test might be done or an ultrasound to see how the structures are functioning and how normal or damaged they are. A cardiac specialist may know more tests he thinks should be done. Sometimes surgery is done to fix a particularly bad murmur if there is a risk to life not to have it done, however sometimes surgery itself is a risk to life also. If it is a minor or moderate murmur and livable without surgery personally I might not want correction. Exercise with a brisk walk is free and can be done by anyone.

I wish the best. Perhaps if a person tries to help other people it will help get the mind off one's troubles and be of benefit to both. Peace, sjb

 
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Old 02-22-2013, 03:46 PM   #5
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Re: Heart palpitations/irregular beats - should I workout?

I just received my refferal in the mail today, says the doctor is in internal medicine. thought it was a cardiologist. Is a internal medicine doctor just as good?

 
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Re: Heart palpitations/irregular beats - should I workout?

Greetings I suppose it depends on who it is but in my opinion usually not. I would prefer a cardiac specialist for a heart issue if I wanted anything done. Peace, sjb

 
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Re: Heart palpitations/irregular beats - should I workout?

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Originally Posted by at8once102 View Post
... All we know is I have high blood pressure. 165/90 on average.
That is not a healthy blood pressure. Does your blood pressure run this high all day long? Is it higher during the evening hours rather than during the morning hours?

Do you drink a lot of coffee, tea, soda or energy drinks? Eat chocolate? Do you eat a lot of snacks?

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I'm wondering if I'm allowed to lift weights?
Only a competent medical professional can answer this question. Buts.... just to give you an example...

I am 70. I have Heart Failure, Permanent Atrial Fibrillation and problems with all four of my heart valves. My heart NEVER wants to beat correctly.

My daily exercise program consists of two 30 minute power walks, six minutes on my stepper, 12 minutes on my exercise bike, 120 full pushups, 300 weight curls, 100 weight side lifts, 150 weight lifts and 150 deep knee bends. My last echocardiogram showed improvements in my failed heart, including improvements to my heart valves. So... exercise can be healthy and safe if done under the right medical supervision and care.
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⇒ Avoid allergic & non-allergic irritants/triggers
⇒ Low calorie ovo-vegetarian diet
⇒ Power walk, weight lifts, pushups
⇒ Coreg 25mg bid

 
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