Weightlifting after a heart attack
Any pointers to research, personal experience or other information would be greatly appreciated....
I suffered a heart attack last weekend, treated with a drug-eluting stent in my right coronary artery and am now on anticoagulants, an ACE inhibitor and statin - the usual cocktail.
My Doctors have advised me I will never be able to lift again, mainly as a result of the valsalva manoeuvre causing dramatic pressure peaks and swings during the lifts, which would significantly increase the risk of a second heart attack. It may simply be that I have to accept this, but in the meantime I am looking to collect any information I can on weightlifters returning to training after a heart attack, or on medical studies of postoperative lifters etc.
Any information would be greatly appreciated so I can make a fully-informed choice.
I have only been lifting for around 15 years, self taught in my home gym, and at almost 55 years of age my lifts are not massively impressive (SN 55kg, C&J 65, F. SQ 80, B.Sq. 100, DL 130), but I am totally addicted to the lifts (especially the Snatch) and would miss them terribly, not to mention the way they leave you physically prepared to cope with anything life may throw at you (including a heart attack!).
Many thanks in advance