I am a former athlete who suffered an aortic disection in eight years ago while skiing in Squaw Valley. It was repaired with a homograph (human) replacement of my aortic valve and ascending aorta. This occurred due to a genetic connective tissue disorder similar to, but not as widespread in my body as, Marfan's syndrome.
My descending aorta is still disected with a false lumen all the way down to my iliac arteries (legs). Numerous CT scans (now yearly) have shown no change or deterioration of my condition, maintaining a stable diameter. I am on Lisinopril and Atenolol to maintain low blood pressure (110/60) and pulse (55-60), and 81 mg Aspirin, as well as 40 mg Lovastatin to keep cholesterol at 160 (my HDL is 55-60).
I would like to maintain fitness with an exercise routine, and have been advised by dfoctors in the past to avoid anything that would raise my pulse over 100 or put any strain or increased pressure within my chest davity. So I have been working out with light weights and high repetitions on various machines which isolate the specific muscles worked, working until temporary exhaustion of the muscle, usually two sets of a triple drop after warming up. I am interested in the PACE program of Dr. Al Sears for cardio conditioning, which involves interval training on a treadmill or bike, alternating intense bursts of 30-90 seconds with 2 minute rest intervals of normal intensity.
Are there any doctors with advice on exercising with chronic aortic disection, or others out there with a similar condition who have experience with exercising? Thanks!