I'm 45, I've been lifting weights since my teens, done cardio, used to smoke VERY briefly, diet wasn't always great. In 2019, I found out I had a 4.3 aneurysm of the ascending thoracic aorta. It freaked me out. However, out of sight, out of mind, I kept lifting heavy.
In 2021, I had another scan, it read my aneurysm measured at 4.1 (I don't think it shrunk, perhaps just read differently?). I began doing very intense HIIT workouts, lifting heavy workouts with little rest, started eating more beef, full fat dairy, my cholesterol was high, and I've been studying for the CPA exam, which stresses the hell out of me.
Then, this year 2022, it read 4.4. Really freaked me out. I noticed in my notes, that I've had this aneurysm since 2017, when it was 4.1. This time around, it has really changed me. I've implemented my workouts entirely around walking pretty much. I've done a couple of workout sessions with dumbbells with about half of what I was lifting before with more reps. However, lately I haven't done any weights. I'm just scared of what to do. I don't see a Cardiologist until October 2022 (a month away).
For now, I've stopped eating beef, pork, all dairy, started taking a statin to lower my cholesterol, and like I said, integrated walking as my main workout routine. I sold my squat rack, bought a treadmill, and I'm just lost about what workout routine is good for me. I love lifting, but scared to do so BEFORE I see my Cardiologist. Even though I'm in no way a huge guy, I hate the thought of losing muscle, but it's better to be safe than sorry.