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Could I have damaged my heart via weightlifting? 

Is there any way I could have damaged my heart? I've been weightlifting with caffeine for 5 years. I went to the doctor last year and they said everything was ok. I'm worried because my blood pressure can read 140 and when I lift heavy, I feel my heart pump hard and sound squishy. I'm just concerned that I damaged it throughout weightlifting.

submitted by Benjamin from Orange County, California on 5/29/2013


Atasu K. Nayak, MDby Texas Heart Institute cardiologist, Atasu Nayak, MD    

Thanks for the question. Weightlifting or any kind of exercise usually does not damage one's heart. High blood pressure can increase the thickness of heart muscle and can be a risk factor for heart diseases. Please monitor your blood pressure regularly and see a cardiologist for further investigations such as an echocardiogram or Holter monitor, if your physician thinks they may be required. Avoid caffeine if you have symptoms such as palpitations. Thanks.

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