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Heart Strain from Weightlifting
Wouldbe posted:
I am 56 and have lifted weights regularly for 30 years. Recently, I developed chest pain but my cholesterol is low and blood pressure good. Could the strain of weightlifting cause the chest pain and, if so, should I eliminate it or just cut back on it?
James Beckerman, MD, FACC responded:
Weight lifting may contribute to chest pains through stretching of muscles/soft tissues or causing inflammation.

Despite your activity level, low cholesterol, and good blood pressure, it's always a good idea to take chest pains seriously and get checked out by your doctor to make sure they don't represent something more significant.

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