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  1. Wiles Darkwinter

    Weight lifting with valve and aneurysm replacement

    Awesome man, looks like you’re hitting all the best movements! I think OHP is overlooked by many, but it’s basically the definition of strength in my eyes, being able to lift something up over head!
  2. Wiles Darkwinter

    Weight lifting with valve and aneurysm replacement

    But again, this is based off feels not evidence
  3. Wiles Darkwinter

    Weight lifting with valve and aneurysm replacement

    I think’s power cleans and deadlifts are probably the ones that are gonna jack your BP pretty high
  4. Wiles Darkwinter

    Weight lifting with valve and aneurysm replacement

    So full upper body twice a week: bench, overhead press, pull ups, push ups, fly’s, lat pulls, bent over rows. I used to do a lot of cleans (I used to love them) but have let those go. And I don’t dead lift anymore. Lower body once a week: Back squats, front squats, leg press. Maybe some...
  5. Wiles Darkwinter

    Weight lifting with valve and aneurysm replacement

    Yep, sounds a lot like how I am going about it too. It’s the only way!
  6. Wiles Darkwinter

    Weight lifting with valve and aneurysm replacement

    Man it’s just so hard to know or give advice as everyone’s “easy” or “hard” is so subjective. I can bench and do pull ups pretty easily - decent weight and reps, that’s considered “max exertion” for some. For me, I keep coming back to the basketball dudes. I reckon if the NBA blokes who have...
  7. Wiles Darkwinter

    Greetings ! Getting close to my SAVR.

    Good on you mate. Good luck!
  8. Wiles Darkwinter

    Starting gym

    Ahh I see I am quite late to the party! Haha
  9. Wiles Darkwinter

    Starting gym

    This is my favourite subject. They key is finding a cardiologist/surgeon or doc who’s gonna support your goals despite your surgery. I’ve had countless conversations with GP’s or family docs who clearly don’t know the current advice on training post aortic surgery, especially in someone young...
  10. Wiles Darkwinter

    The story and concerns surrounding my AVR in 2014

    Another good one I’ve heard about this - “if you can’t do 5 minutes of yoga, you need to do 10”
  11. Wiles Darkwinter

    Aortic aneurism with bicuspid valve - options in 51 year old

    Good read mate. I think a consideration should be that we want to appear united and supportive of each other. especially for new members (such as the owner of this thread - we have currently hijacked his first post) Everyone here has either gone under the knife or is about to, and if you’re...
  12. Wiles Darkwinter

    Aortic aneurism with bicuspid valve - options in 51 year old

    1. I’d go with medical advice from doctors/surgeons and use forums such as this one for stories, motivation, and advice about how to deal with the process, and gain insight into the particular disease/cancer. 2. Depending on the prognosis. If I was about to die and was told conventional methods...
  13. Wiles Darkwinter

    Aortic aneurism with bicuspid valve - options in 51 year old

    A few thoughts this morning from me, If we all waited 25+ years for data, where is this data coming from? All the best valves were either chosen (or chosen for) patients. Therefore I wouldn’t suggest you to be a fool for choosing the resilia. The question id be asking myself is not about the...
  14. Wiles Darkwinter

    Aortic aneurism with bicuspid valve - options in 51 year old

    G’day, Tough situation, it’s hard when it’s not cut and dry. I think what @pellicle said about not barracking for your TeamValve is very useful to remember here, you'll hear/read a lot of anecdotal stories for each. I had a valve sparing procedure with aortic root aneurysm repaired. From my...
  15. Wiles Darkwinter

    I don’t know what to do anymore

    Hey mate, sorry to hear about how you’re feeling. As you can see from all the responses to your post you are definitely not alone, though it may feel like it right now. I have no advice on this issue other than to offer my own story as well. As a man, at my physical peak at 29 years of age and...
  16. Wiles Darkwinter

    Weight lifting with valve and aneurysm replacement

    I always get excited when I see a @TheGymGuy post! Love it, and reminds me to stop being soft!
  17. Wiles Darkwinter

    Weight lifting with valve and aneurysm replacement

    Agreed, and me too! I've heard so many different things from multiple cardiologists! I'm not suggesting this is not a good place to swap stories and seek answers. I was more saying, do not take one post as gospel and go and lift all the weights in the gym at once. (Even though I'm pro lifting...
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