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Old 03-20-2007, 09:11 PM   #1
Veronica Yager
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Hi guys! I plan on starting CrossFit after I finish with my 2 month personal training session. I figure by then I should be able to ease myself into your program but I was wondering about having my mom do it with me however she has a heart murmur and high blood pressure. Is CrossFit safe for her? Or should she stick to her normal routine. [Light excerise and the treadmill.]
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Old 03-23-2007, 04:53 PM   #2
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Sounds like a check up would be in order. It may be a good idea for her to get a treadmill test so they can see how she handles an increased workload before she increases the intensity.

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Old 03-25-2007, 12:14 AM   #3
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My father just had a bypass, he started doing exercise doing functional exercises, few reps, long rest periodes, and stretching. This he can handle. talk with the cardiologist.
buld up slower then slow, but build up.
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Old 03-25-2007, 05:47 AM   #4
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Consistency before intensity is key. I second Johan, start slow and light with lots of rest, ramp up over a VERY long time-period to make sure the body adapts to the increased intensity in incremental steps.
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Old 03-25-2007, 11:35 PM   #5
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hi Veronica,
Irene here - I'm a resident in anesthesia and intensive care.
please don't think "ER"... at most, think "Scrubs"! :-)

for your mom, it she were mine, I'd have her checked by a cardiologist to make sure she's on perfect therapy for her current status, and maybe even do an ultrasound cardiac scan to check that intracardiac pressure gradients and valves are okay.
Another option would be an exercise stress test with ECG recording, so you can see how her heart reacts (frequency, perfusion, blood pressure changes...) to more work.
But do check in with a cardiologist, he/she'll know what to do much better than me -it's their job, after all :-)

take care

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