Martial Valve Repair

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Hi all,

I had my martial valve repaired when I was 11. I have a ring in my martial valve to reduce leakage. I am now 28. I started playing badminton when I was 19. Now I go jogging for 35 minutes (1 min rest for every 5 min jogging ). My hearbeat reaches upto 150 bpm. Then I do pushups, bumbbell bench press situps for around half an hour. I take rest after every 2 days of exercise. After performing exercise I fell good the whole day. But, on the day i exercise, I can feel that my heart beat becomes slightly more when I go upstairs than on rest days. My heart used to pain in the beginning but nowadays I do warmups properly and heart doesn't pain. But i am always afraid and I don't push myself when I exercise. I always wanted to build my body. Is there any thing that I can do so i could lift like a normal person. smile

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Praveen Shrestha

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    I'm not sure lifting is the best exercise but it would be a good idea to go back to gp and ask the question before you carry on
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      Thank you. I had consulted with a doctor. He said that my heart was in good condition but still had leakage, which is normal after repair. He told to perform light exercises. But I am searching for some people who had the same problem like mine and who are performing hard exercise. Hope I could find someone and could get some advice.

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      Surely everyone is different and a qualified gp would have your best interest in the forefront of his advice and to be honest my OH did bodybuilding for years without listening to his gp etc still does a little but it's the hardest exercise for bp and the heart, start with a better cardiovascular exercise and definitely go back and see your gp and take his advice
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      Ok. Thank you for your advice. Yes, I always do running before I lift weights. Without cardio i cant lift. I increased my weight little bit 3 months back. Until now I geuss my heart is in good condition. Now I am not increasing weights. I know that I can never lift like professionals but I geuss I can increase weights slowly. Being a body bulider is a far away thing for me. But atleast I want to stay fit. I just want to increase a bit more than where I am now.

      I live in Nepal. Here my doctor just tells to do light exercise only. Once I used to feel the pulses behind my ear while running. I went to doc but he said I was fine. Later I realised that I must warm up very slowly. Nowadays, I dont feel the pulses .

      Anyway, thank you for your advice again. smile


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    Hi Praveen, unfortunately i doubt we can ever lift like normal people as it puts a lot of pressure on the heart and whilst you may find you can do it in the short term, I think it is the longterm effects that can be most harmful.  

    Whilst lifting isn't the best thing for us, if you are going to carry on anyway, I was told one of the most important things is making sure you don't lift anything so heavy that it forces you to hold your breath, as this puts a LOT of strain on your heart. 

    I am not a doctor, just a patient who has asked a similar question to heart specialists and I wasn't looking to body build as such, just had to get clearance from my doc before a gym would let me use their facilities.  My docs were not happy to give me any kind of assurances even just for that but just asked that if I was going to do it anyway to please be sensible and not push too hard.

    I understand how frustrating this must be, as due to other health issues I cannot do the exercise I crave, however, if you do more damage to your heart you won't be able to do any of it, imagine how frustrating it would be if you couldn't even go running.  Sorry, not trying to lecture, just concerned.  

    If you manage to find anyone with this type of heart condition who has managed to carrying lifting properly, my guess would be that they have been lucky and there is no guarantee that just because they have got away with it you will too.

    I don't think anyone is in a place to guarantee your safety on this, be wary of anyone coming forward saying they do it so it's okay.

    I think the exercise you are doing is great and I would never tell anyone to stop, but please be careful, I know this isn't what you want to hear so i'll shut up now, kirsty

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      Thank you very much Kristy for your advice and concern.

      I wish I could lift heavy weight like normal persons. But I know it is a difficult thing. Now my plan is to stay fit and bit toned. I know it is hard for me to become muscular. If I could be a bit more toned than i am now i would be very happy.

      In the beginning I couldn't run. But started it slowly. My leg muscles slowly started getting stronger and might be my heart muscles too. Also I couldn't lift the weights that i am lifting now. For many years i lifted small weights and didn't increase. For last few months i increased weights slowly and now i stopped increasing. What I think is heart muscle are also like other muscles. If i train it slowly it will become strong. But we have to train it very very slowly than others. But i don't know how much slowly we should go. But i am planning to increase a bit slowly.

      I had my martial valve repaired. I wonder what kind of muscle it is. With constant and controlled exercise it should become strong instead of getting failed.

      Even though we can't lift heavy, we shoul exercise and take good care of our health. Hope you are taking good care of your health and heart. smile

      I will share my experience with you in coming days.

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