Aortic Dissection: No Exercise Is NOT Safe Exercise!

No Exercise Causes Your Body To Decay

Aortic Aneurysm Or Aortic Dissection

No Exercise: Returning to running safely: FitOldDog's program of safe exercise for better health starts with a series of exercises to improve your body awareness.

I thought long and hard about my FitOldDog Training Wheel, as I developed safe exercise for my abdominal aortic aneurysm, plus the ravages of aging.

Clearly, Exercise Is Critical For Injury Recovery

But How?

“…that’s great but I’m 13 months post dissection and banned from all exercise until my bp comes down which itself has caused more problems.” Facebook response to post on my survey on “Living With Aortic Disease.”

NOTE: Exercise was critical for my recovery from a stent-induced hypertension (220/120), FitOldDog

No exericse: exercise works, 3MRIs showing muscle and bone wasting

Do you want this to happen to your aorta?

NO EXERCISE? Banned from all exercise, by doctors! BAD advice after 13 months!

The body is a dynamic machine, growing or decaying, in response to load.

Let’s consider the nature of safe exercise.

If no exercise does not equal safe exercise, what is safe when you have high blood pressure and a dissected aorta?

I contend that gentle exploration, and careful transition, from passive to active recovery, are the keys to recovery from any serious injury, anywhere in your body.

Furthermore, some risks are justifiable, or you don’t have a life. No exercise?

Think about moving your aorta from passive to active recovery.

Doctors don’t know everything, they’re busy, some are concerned about litigation, and some aren’t very bright (spoken like a true veterinarian).

Ask yourself:

  • Should you lie flat on your back, and risk bedsores?
  • Sit all day, watching TV (living hell, I would think).
  • Do some heavy weight lifting?
  • Climb Mount Kilimanjaro, perhaps?

No exercise?How about finding something reasonable, between those extremes, with modifications specifically designed to protect your dissected aorta.

Not much different, and equally difficult to, fixing a severely strained or surgically repaired, Achilles tendon.

The risks are greater, sure, but:

A life without risk is no life at all!

I say, climb YOUR KILIMANJARO, through study and understanding of dissection, including examining the scans, exploration of the biology of the aorta, mastering a level of body awareness, and then…

Gently exercise, say, lying on your back in the pool, paddling your body along. Come as close to whatever it is you love to do.

No exercise is not safe exercise, Achilles or Aorta!


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Disclaimer: As a veterinarian, I do not provide medical advice for human animals. If you undertake or modify an exercise program, consult your medical advisors before doing so. Undertaking activities pursued by the author does not mean that he endorses your undertaking such activities, which is clearly your decision and responsibility. Be careful and sensible, please.