just a word to the wise, when my aneurysm was identified it was 53~56mm (I can't recall exactly) and my wife said that if I burst my aneurysm (a possibility at that diameter) she would give me a thrashing which would embarrass my father (she's Finnish, that's a saying). I know better than to argue with her (and nor would I wish to).
I often remind people that the purpose of exersize is fundamentally health, if your exersize contributes to your death then its pretty hard to regain your health after that.
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Thanks for the welcome.
From your mentions of the threats of violence, your wife seems much like mine. I've been threatened with a posthumous "punch in the head" and her family background is Norwegian! Uncharacteristically aggressive from these Scandinavian women, it would seem.
I concede your point that exercise's purpose is fundamentally health. However, I think it all depends on how individuals view life and the role of physicality within it. Moreover, the role physicality plays in MENTAL health, especially in young men.
Although I don't let these titles define me, I am a soldier, a rock climber, a runner, a weight lifter, a spearfisherman. All those things require pushing the limits physically (if you really wanna have a go), in their own realms. Of course I don't recommend throwing caution to the wind and risking a rupture for a PB deadlift. But I also understand how someone can be so involved in an activity that it would seem worth it. I also would add that my "Just warm up and crack on" advice was for POST aortic repair, as instructed by my Surgeon.
I'll just add a bit more, apologies if this has been beaten to death already but I'm new and I haven't had a chance to scroll through the entire blog...
I can't make any professional medical statements. However we know there is limited data out there regarding young athletes with Aortic dilation and/or valve issues.
My surgeon explained to me it would APPEAR that because heavy lifting and Valsalva increases blood pressure, and we know that an already dilated aorta would, merely from a physics perspective, weaken as it dilates, it makes sense to avoid that sharp BP rise and therefore to avoid heavy lifting. However, the contemporary science isn't claiming that lifting = further dilation. There's not enough evidence that those two are related. So I'd be curious on what evidence a specialist was going on if they're recommending a max of 20kg FOREVER for a young man.
I have found this entire issue to be fascinating and it's brought everything into sharp focus for me. The important things are becoming more clear, and although I still have a lot learn in life, this lesson has been a good one to learn so young. I always put **** on my old man because he found about his valve/aorta when he was 60. He lived a full life, blissfully unaware until his severe regurgitation from the failing valve started to show symptoms. However, he has absolutely set the standard for me regarding how to handle this. He dealt with it like a man who knew his family was watching on looking for inspiration and hope, and he provided that for us, even though he was the one having surgery. He's now back on his pushbike at age 61 racing in amateur road racing (B grade)
I think the bottom line is we all need to work out what's important to us, conduct a risk/benefit analysis with the help of our physicians regarding exercise, work out how hard you're willing to push it, and if indeed that deadlift is worth shuffling off this mortal coil, and if it is then good. I'll bring the chalk.
The other thing my dad taught me is to remember that people have it way worse than us. There are people who are confined to wheelchairs due to their conditions and are still getting after it. Easier said that done. That's what I want for myself. I still have days when I feel very sorry for myself, however I'm hoping that after surgery I'll feel a lot better emotionally.