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Grizz133

Louisiana, USA

A friend at work wants to get back into weight training three years after a aneurysm in his brain. He passed out at work three years ago and was told that he had diabetes and it caused a aneurysm in his brain. He was told that he should never lift more than 1/2 of his old max on any lift for the rest of his life. He was also told that creatine can cause him to have another aneurysm and to stay away from it. He was in great shape before the incident and wants to get that way again.
Does anyone here have nay knowledge on this subject? What type of program might be safe for him?

Thanks
Grizz
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TheSofaKing

Manitoba, CAN

I don't think your friend should take any advice from anyone other then a medical doctor. Did he ever attempt to get second or third opinions?
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Grizz133

Louisiana, USA

TheSofaKing wrote:
I don't think your friend should take any advice from anyone other then a medical doctor. Did he ever attempt to get second or third opinions?



He is not looking for medical advice, he just wanted to check if anyone here knew anything about it. Or if anyone here had suffered one.

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kurtvf

Asking about lifting weights in the presence of a cerebral aneyrysm is asking for medical advice. Are you asking about how he can set up a routine using 1/2 of his previous best lifts???
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Bill Crawford

Arizona, USA

If you can get ahold of Dr. Doug McGuff, he might have a few ideas. I know that at one time, he wrote a letter to the Wall Street Journal in reply to a story about a recreational lifter who suffered an anuerysm (spelling?) in the gym. I think he's an ER doc, so this wouldn't be his specialty, but at least he has thought about the subject.

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Mac
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SanSooMan

Sadly, one of our former clients suffered one shortly after using the leg press. She almost didn't survive.
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BF Bullpup

Massachusetts, USA

SanSooMan wrote:
Sadly, one of our former clients suffered one shortly after using the leg press. She almost didn't survive.


Was her leg presses before or after her aneurysm (the latter meaning she had one, tried to work out again, and suffered another one)?

Grizz, who told your friend to lift half the weight and to avoid creatine? The ER doc, his own doc, or somebody else?

Of course, the first person your friend should ask about lifting again is his own doctor.

Assuming the doctor clears him to lift half of that weight, well, could he do those half weights but increase the number of reps? Like if he was squatting 300 for 6, do 150 for 12 instead? Just an idea. He may not be able to go all out anymore, but at least he'll be exercising again.
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Grizz133

Louisiana, USA

BFBullpup wrote:
SanSooMan wrote:
Sadly, one of our former clients suffered one shortly after using the leg press. She almost didn't survive.

Was her leg presses before or after her aneurysm (the latter meaning she had one, tried to work out again, and suffered another one)?

Grizz, who told your friend to lift half the weight and to avoid creatine? The ER doc, his own doc, or somebody else?

Of course, the first person your friend should ask about lifting again is his own doctor.

Assuming the doctor clears him to lift half of that weight, well, could he do those half weights but increase the number of reps? Like if he was squatting 300 for 6, do 150 for 12 instead? Just an idea. He may not be able to go all out anymore, but at least he'll be exercising again.


Yea it was his own Dr. He said that because creatine causes you to retain water and possably raise your blood pressure that it could cause a blow out so to say. The only thing he can figure about the lifting is the straining. I can say that if I had a weak spot in my head it would blow on leg press also. I can feel the blood rush in to my head on the last couple of reps to the point that it almost hurts my face.
Again he has his Dr's advice, he just wanted me to see if anyone here had any info about it and or what type of program he could try (with his Dr's blessing).
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Grizz133

Louisiana, USA

kurtvf wrote:
Asking about lifting weights in the presence of a cerebral aneyrysm is asking for medical advice. Are you asking about how he can set up a routine using 1/2 of his previous best lifts???


YES, he is looking for training info, based on his restrictions. He is not going to go against his Dr's advice. And I am not so stupid as to think that a guy on the net knows more about a aneyrysm than a Neurosurgeon.
We thought that someone here may work in a rehab center and may have some first hand knowledge about programs he could try.
He asked me about it because I had a brain injury 9 years ago and am training heavy now. But mine was blunt force trama to my frontal lobe not a aneyrysm.
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