Blood pressure rises lifting weights along with heart rate. So you can use a heart rate monitor while lifting, and should follow similar guidelines as with cardio as to how high your heartrate should go in any set of repetitions. 90 seconds or so between sets is good to let the rate rate and blood pressure drop back down.View Thread
The exercise strengthens the heart, but may not improve blockages. It will also lower LDL, and more intense exercise can help elevate HDL.
Longer duration exercise will also prompt the heart to add new circulation, but this is just as slow a process as blockage development.
The crux of recovery in heart disease is reducing LDL, boosting HDL and heart strength, cutting down oxidized LDL, reducing blockages, and healing arteries.
That can not happen on the SAD diet, and sitting on one's rump with no activity.
Strength training is good provided blood pressure is monitored. It rises with heart rate. A good warm up first and cool down after are very wise. If arteries are brittle from calcification, anything elevating blood pressure can be dangerous. With that, it means light weights, no straining at all. But one can lift and slower slowly, which will improve strength even with light weights. Leg strength and lower back strength are most important to prevent falls.View Thread
I was just not ready to be tired and weak. I knew it was either stay tired and get more frail, or see what I could do little by little, day by day.
Sometimes it is tough to keep it up. Worse people try to convince me to slow down, missing a day won't matter. But it does matter, and I can't just go every other day. I've backed off and done that, and I get more tired more easily in just a week of reduced or a few skipped workouts. My heart is trying to shut me down. So I try to exert control, and improve.View Thread
I had not been thinking of throwing in diet. I could. Again, I am a special case with all those additional blockages.
Many years ago canaries were kept in coal mines. Theywoudl sing while oxygen levels were good, but fal silent when the levels began to drop and it was becoming dangerous to work. Miners knew to get out while it was still safe, when the birds stopped singing.
Well, I am like a canary in the coal mines with diet and my heart disease. If I eat something with more than a tiny amount of fat, I get significant strong angina requiring multiple doses of nitro spray in from 4 to 24 hours. Typically for me, angina is rare, very minor, and passes away in a couple seconds.
Most people can eat more fat than I can, and do not get that reaction. So I am on very low fat, and I really don't breach it.
I suppose I can mention what I do, since my diet habits have aided my rehabiltation. Engineer Guy's Fuhrman Heart Health diet exchange is well led.View Thread
Not much information on exercise for heart disease patients that I have found on WebMD, so I created an Exchange specifically for that cardiac rehabilitation.
I had to stop my previous exercise back in:
October 2002 for an infected mitral valve to heal, then rehab. April 2004 for a broken wrist, and could not exercise with it, then rehab March 2005 for a strained mitral valve, then rehab January 2006 for an emergency triple bypass, and rehab. I also had a dozen inoperable 80% blockages. August 2006 for two stents and a minor heart attack August 2009, Viral Meningitis, only a 1 week break, but slowed down a bunch.
I am 57, row, play badminton and basketball, do my own yard work, and also use a treadmill and some light work with weights.
Recovery is possible. Even very light exercise helps you heal.
EPCs are endothelial progenitor cells. They stimulate healing in blood vessels. Apparently every single cardiovascular risk factor interferes with the blood vessels ability to maintain themselves and heal from injury. The fewer risk factors one has, the greater the chance of healing progressing faster than damage building.
That is why patients who will go through ALL the recommended lifestyle changes have significant health improvement despite massive heart disease, like me. My angiogram the day before emergency CABG for less than 7% blood flow to my heart, also showed a collateral capillary network they would have expected of an Olympic marathoner. Finding the two together really stumped my doctors.
Even oxidized LDL has a negative effect on the EPCs, so having any oxidized LDL by itself slows the bodies ability to repair damage that the oxidized LDL is also causing as it becomes enveloped in macrophages that form artery blockages.
Thus the need for LDL as low as possible and frequent ingestion of anti-oxidants and EPC stimulating foods throughout the day.
If one can reach a zero level of oxidized LDL, along with reducing all other risk factors, we do the greatest good to heal our blood vessel damage. View Thread