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    Question Heart Attack Question???

    So, back on Oct 1st 2019, I had a massive Heart attack. I was even got a ride in Life Flight.

    I went thru Cardiac Therapy and last Friday was given a clean bill of health. My problem is this....

    Because I workout alone, I have been having a problem with getting back into my workout area to start lifting again. So my question is this...

    Has anyone here, ever have this problem and how did you overcome it?
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    Originally Posted by Squid24 View Post
    So, back on Oct 1st 2019, I had a massive Heart attack. I was even got a ride in Life Flight.

    I went thru Cardiac Therapy and last Friday was given a clean bill of health. My problem is this....

    Because I workout alone, I have been having a problem with getting back into my workout area to start lifting again. So my question is this...

    Has anyone here, ever have this problem and how did you overcome it?
    Describe the circumstances in which it happened and we can start from there.
    Were you in your gym lifting alone?
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    Sorry about your misfortune, glad you are alright, good news on the clean bill of health!!

    I have high BP (..under control with meds....so all good)

    Never had a stroke or heart attack before, but others in my family have died from massive ones in their 40s-50s, leaving their families in need....I probably have their same sh*tty genes..although I have chosen to take care of myself a lot better than they did.

    I also work out in my garage alone during the warmer months...early in the morning.

    All of this is in the back of my mind...some rules for me:...no heavy PR attempts, limit myself to a couple of compounds and some cable/dumbbell accessories, always leave a rep or two in the tank...if I have to Valsalva, or comprise exemplary form...the weight is too heavy, this means Ill probably never squat more than 2 plates aside or have large muscles..so what?.... I also do a lot of LISS cardio along with some conditioning for heart health, in addition I am trying to keep my waist down...I should be around 32..thats what I am aiming for. Next year is also my last year for ice Hockey...that type of activity is also famously hard on your heart because of all of the rapid starts and stops under extreme effort....well at least the have a Defib at the arena...I know I have witnessed them use it. Basically what my Dr has told me....avoid extremes.

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    Originally Posted by x-trainer ben View Post
    Describe the circumstances in which it happened and we can start from there.
    Were you in your gym lifting alone?
    I worked a 4am-4pm shift. Got home and saw that my Step-son had finished the backyard mowing and left the mower up front for me to finish the rest. It was a hot muggy day in Mich. Well, I finished mowing, pushed the mower to the shed, put mower in the shed and then it started to hit me. At first, I thought it was heat exhaustion/stroke, cause I was sweating so bad and was having issues with my breathing. Made it back into the house ok, just thought I needed a cold shower to get my temp down. I laid down on the floor for a bit, then heard my wife pull into the driveway. Sat up on the stool and when she came in, I told her I didn't feel to good and I was going to take a cold shower. Walked to the bathroom and dropped off my glasses, went into the bedroom to get my PJ's and when I bent over, it hit me even harder. She asked me if I wanted her to call 911 or just head to the Hospital. I told her I was trying to figure out what was going on first. Didn't take me long to just head to the car. The Hospital is 15min away. Ambulance is also 15min away and then they have to drive toward the hospital....I made her drive...lol...My way was faster...not the smartest decision I've ever made, but it worked.


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    What, exactly, is the problem?
    My problem is I start having anxiety when I get even close to my workout room...lol. Wife told me good job for opening the door...lmao
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    Ok good, it wasn't while exercising.
    I will send you a pm if you want my personal story but it varies.
    No one wants to feel that "feeling" again and it takes a good 3-6 months of "fear" before you can exert force( gym/running/ vigorous exercise) and not fear that you will cause yourself another incident. After about a full year you worry less and cautiously try things. Even after you are cleared by the docs the nagging,creeping thought exists in your mind.

    cliffs: it takes time and experimentation.
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    Originally Posted by x-trainer ben View Post
    Ok good, it wasn't while exercising.
    I will send you a pm if you want my personal story but it varies.
    I would appreciate that....
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    My husband had a massive heart attack in 2017. He went through the cardio therapy and was given the green light to go back to the gym. My husband is a long time competitive bb and power lifter. To be honest his doctor was eager to get him back on track with his exercise and keeping active. He lifts alone 4 days a week at the gym and now does cardio, (which is the one thing he was never doing.) He trains in the 8-10 rep range but no longer shoots for PR's.

    You'll find your way back when you're ready. Start off slow, listen to your body and you'll be fine.

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    Originally Posted by Squid24 View Post
    My problem is I start having anxiety when I get even close to my workout room...lol. Wife told me good job for opening the door...lmao
    Haven't had a Heart Attach and not a health professional so not going to comment on what workout you should do. Well maybe one comment, just start out ridiculously low weight to get used to being in the room and going through the motions.

    However a suggestion that could maybe help alleviate the anxiety would be to keep a cell phone in reach with 911 on speed dial and cell phone unlocked (or if not enough maybe life alert). And also making sure the front door is unlocked so that emergency responders can get in easily.

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    Very sorry to hear that happened to you and I hope you can find a way to deal with the fear of exercise which you're experiencing. Getting back in there is probably ultimately good for you (not a doctor so not actually sure).

    It's actually pretty frightening to read. For some reason I always think this is something that will happen to me one day. Maybe it's the industry I work in which makes me think about it a lot.

    Did you have any warning signs like high BP, High cholesterol, poor cardiac testing results etc?
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    Originally Posted by kimm4 View Post
    My husband had a massive heart attack in 2017. He went through the cardio therapy and was given the green light to go back to the gym. My husband is a long time competitive bb and power lifter. To be honest his doctor was eager to get him back on track with his exercise and keeping active. He lifts alone 4 days a week at the gym and now does cardio, (which is the one thing he was never doing.) He trains in the 8-10 rep range but no longer shoots for PR's.

    You'll find your way back when you're ready. Start off slow, listen to your body and you'll be fine.

    So glad you're ok.
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    Haven't had a Heart Attach and not a health professional so not going to comment on what workout you should do. Well maybe one comment, just start out ridiculously low weight to get used to being in the room and going through the motions.

    However a suggestion that could maybe help alleviate the anxiety would be to keep a cell phone in reach with 911 on speed dial and cell phone unlocked (or if not enough maybe life alert). And also making sure the front door is unlocked so that emergency responders can get in easily.

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    Oh, and good luck on your continuing recovery.
    I've always had my phone with me before, just makes more sense now to make sure it's with me...

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    Very sorry to hear that happened to you and I hope you can find a way to deal with the fear of exercise which you're experiencing. Getting back in there is probably ultimately good for you (not a doctor so not actually sure).

    It's actually pretty frightening to read. For some reason I always think this is something that will happen to me one day. Maybe it's the industry I work in which makes me think about it a lot.

    Did you have any warning signs like high BP, High cholesterol, poor cardiac testing results etc?
    No warning signs what-so-ever...that's what made it weird...
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    If you have your cardiologists ok then start slowly,light weights,reps maybe just with the bar and go from there.
    I understand everyone will be different.
    Ten years ago i had three stents put in because of some of the symptoms you described.
    I didn't have a heart attack but a precursor angina that has similar symptoms .
    I caught it before a heart attack luckily.
    I had to wait for my femoral artery to heal up before i could train.
    I couldn't wait to get back to training but i know everyones different.
    I would just take it a little at a time slowly maybe even just some bodyweight stuff in your house.
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    I had my heart attack when I was 48, I'm 60 now. I've had a couple of stents put in and have had periodic stress test since but my heart still seams to be OK. You don't need to do a 1rep max anymore, a max double or triple should be fine. The hardest part of the recovery (like any surgery) is the mental aspect of getting back to the gym and doing your workout. If your cardiologist gave you the OK then your heart is ready for it. Sensible routines and perfect form are the order of the day as well as a lot of cardio (45min/day most days of the week I think is the current recommendation). Welcome to the club, now shut up and lift ! {joking}
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    If you have your cardiologists ok then start slowly,light weights,reps maybe just with the bar and go from there.
    I understand everyone will be different.
    Ten years ago i had three stents put in because of some of the symptoms you described.
    I didn't have a heart attack but a precursor angina that has similar symptoms .
    I caught it before a heart attack luckily.
    I had to wait for my femoral artery to heal up before i could train.
    I couldn't wait to get back to training but i know everyones different.
    I would just take it a little at a time slowly maybe even just some bodyweight stuff in your house.
    Good luck to you.
    What were your symptoms before they put in the stents? Something had to give them a reason. I had nothing.

    Originally Posted by sowilson View Post
    I had my heart attack when I was 48, I'm 60 now. I've had a couple of stents put in and have had periodic stress test since but my heart still seams to be OK. You don't need to do a 1rep max anymore, a max double or triple should be fine. The hardest part of the recovery (like any surgery) is the mental aspect of getting back to the gym and doing your workout. If your cardiologist gave you the OK then your heart is ready for it. Sensible routines and perfect form are the order of the day as well as a lot of cardio (45min/day most days of the week I think is the current recommendation). Welcome to the club, now shut up and lift ! {joking}
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    So glad you are still with us

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    I had one when I was in my mid 30s. Smoked 2 packs a day, was almost 300 pounds and was working over 70 hours a week in a very high stress part of my life. Luckily mine was a "minor" one and it didn't actually hurt my heart and it doesn't show that I ever had one on an EKG anymore.

    Like you, I had little to no early sign, with exception to how I was living of course.

    I was sitting outside smoking a cigarette on my back porch and got that feeling of dread. Went and got in the shower and then told my now ex-wife, who was still asleep, to wake up and take me to the ER.

    Like Louise said, cardio is a great thing. A lot of people on BB.com see it as a tool to lose weight. The problem is they forget the rest of the word for "cardio" is vascular. It's a muscle like any other and needs to be conditioned.

    Glad you are still with us Squid. A lot of people don't get another try after a heart attack.

    Once you get through with all your tests and healed up you should be good to go. Modern medicine is great.
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    Many people have pre existing heart issues that cause attacks when it is least expected. My family has both heart and high blood pressure issues at all sizes, shapes, and weights so it was only a matter of time.
    Some people just drop and if no one is around, then they dont survive....so consider yourself very lucky.

    You got this, just take it slow.
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    Started my 1st day back this morning. I am doing something from my past. BFL...Body For Life program. It's a slower progression with more cardio days in it.

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    I feel this will be a great way to slowly get back into it, and not give up my cardio
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    I have nothing to contribute...just glad you are ok man.
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    Originally Posted by Squid24 View Post
    Started my 1st day back this morning. I am doing something from my past. BFL...Body For Life program. It's a slower progression with more cardio days in it.

    For those who don't know of this program, it's an Upper/Lower style, just done 3 days a week with 20 min Cardio the other 3 days a week. U/C/L/C/U/C/Rest L/C/U/C/L/C/Rest.

    I feel this will be a great way to slowly get back into it, and not give up my cardio
    Yep strengthen that heart and listen to the feedback that it gives you.
    good luck!
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    Originally Posted by Squid24 View Post
    Started my 1st day back this morning. I am doing something from my past. BFL...Body For Life program. It's a slower progression with more cardio days in it.

    For those who don't know of this program, it's an Upper/Lower style, just done 3 days a week with 20 min Cardio the other 3 days a week. U/C/L/C/U/C/Rest L/C/U/C/L/C/Rest.

    I feel this will be a great way to slowly get back into it, and not give up my cardio
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    Originally Posted by Squid24 View Post
    So, back on Oct 1st 2019, I had a massive Heart attack. I was even got a ride in Life Flight.

    I went thru Cardiac Therapy and last Friday was given a clean bill of health. My problem is this....

    Because I workout alone, I have been having a problem with getting back into my workout area to start lifting again. So my question is this...

    Has anyone here, ever have this problem and how did you overcome it?
    Sorry to hear this Squid but glad you are doing better now. I have always done quite a bit of cardio more for weight loss reasons though. Very accustomed to the cybex arc trainer and could get a pretty intense workout...or so I thought. Recently have been getting on the stairmaster and my eyes have been opened...I'm in chitty cardio condition. I'm going to stick with it though and try to improve. That thing will really expose you compared to an eliptical. Hope your recovery continues well...
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