gymguy1 saidI just suffered a panic attack at work and was admitted to the hospital for a little over 24 hours. They ran numberous test on me to rule out anything cardiac related. My heart is fine but on the eko exam the technician was telling me that I should limited my weightlifting to 2 days a week from 3 days a week. Now I do not powerlift but she said that lifting enlarges the heart and that could become an issue in my 40's. When I asked my doctor about it, he said that this has not been confirmed or denied study linking lifting weights to heart problems.
I want to know if anyone has had or known anyone that has had a heart issue from lifting weights. Issues that are natural issues and not from the use of any enhancement drugs.
Find a different doctor. One adaptation of the heart to lifting is that LVH (Left Ventricular Hypetrophy) occurs. You heart gets STRONGER. Ask any cardiologist worth his stuff if this is a problem in athletes. He'll tell you no. Ever read up on the heart of Lance Armstrong? It pumps nearly 3 times as much blood in a stroke as a regular person.
It just so happens that last week I had a sonogram on my heart. Guess what. Mild LVH. As expected. However, my heart was strong and vital and not leaking. The cardiologist will tell you that it's the difference in the systolic and diastolic pressures that matters, and not the fact that you have a strong heart. After 34 years of lifting, you better believe I have a strong heart. Under the wrong conditions you get damage, but, having a strong heart is not a bad thing.
LVH is a given in ANYONE who lifts weights. Note that it has nothing with doing AAS, either. Studies have shown the theory that AAS causes excessive LVH is bunk. In fact, there are a number of benefits to the heart from AAS. Those studies, FYI, compared regular folks and fat asses, against non AAS folks lifting, and AAS folks lifting. The LVH in AAS folks vs. non-AAS folks is not more. There was little to no LVH in the control group of sedentary folks. If you load your heart, it'll get stronger. If your heart is loaded in exercise, it's different than being loaded by being a fat ass.
Go lift, or, at least get a cardiologist who knows what he's doing. Mine is in Flower Mound Texas, and spent 8 years as a U.S. Army doctor, and he runs every day. You see, he has LVH, too.
I.e. LVH is a normal consequence of resistance training. You get a stronger heart because of having to push blood through dense muscle under load, and the constriction response that lifting causes on an intermittent basis. However, that's not the same as an unhealthy heart, that's weak, and has limited stroke volume from being a fat ass.
Remember: the number one killer is not lifting weights. The number one killer, by far, and many times above, is being a fat ass.