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Heart Attack and Lifting


Has anyone on this forum ever suffered a heart attack and is still weight training? Last month i had a blocked artery and was fitted with a stent. I feel fine and have started back in the gym. I have had a cardio rehab interview and they told me i should not be lifting at all. I have worked up to 120 KG deadlifts and 100 kg squats without feeling any after effects. The hospital tell me this is too much and i should be only doing cardio. Thoughts on this would be appreciated.


Very sorry to hear about your health issues. As for my thoughts, my first is: Would you really disregard the advice of the healthcare professionals who are familiar with your medical condition based on what some strangers on the internet say? C’mon man.

My second is, stop weightlifting and talk to your cardiologist. Don’t just lift on the down-low. Tell him/her how much you enjoy heavy weightlifting, and how anxious you are to resume it. Ask him/her to review the recent medical literature on heavy weightlifting as it relates to someone with your condition, and to make recommendations based on that review. Once your cardiologist gives you his/her opinion re the risk/benefit profile of heavy weightlifting, you can then decide if it’s worth it.


I have to agree. Listen to the professionals. 16 years ago I was involved in a serious car accident. As a result I was in a coma for three days. Once I was released from the hospital I was told to not lift, because of pressure on the brain. It was hard, but I listened to my doctors.

Talk to your cardiologist. and find out if there is a time frame where you can get back into it again. There are a million ways to exercise, be competitive and stay healthy.


Thank you for your replies. I will take this on board and speak with my cardiologist.


You probably feel like you have to replace lifting with knitting. Follow your doctor’s advice exactly and you should have a chance of future lifting.

Notice how few people posted here, but they each gave good advice. Be patient.