Q. I was diagnosed with LVH and my resting heart rate falls around 40. Are my issues reversible?

Answered by
Dr. Ilir Sharka
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
Published on Nov 13, 2019

Hello doctor,

I was diagnosed with severe LVH due to anabolic steroid abuse the past two and a half years and training for more than three hours a day. I have made lifestyle changes and lost weight but my anxiety now gets the better of me. I have a family history of bradycardia my RHR is 40s and high 30s when I sleep or first wake up, it does not cause any symptoms other than freaking me out. My diastolic will dip into the 50s due to the Lisinopril, and that stresses me too. I live in constant fear of dying early, very early. Are my issues something you can come back from or even reverse? Would I have to stop exercising completely to make my heart shrink?

Dr. Ilir Sharka



Welcome to icliniq.com.

I passed carefully through your history and would like to reassure you that there is no reason to panic, as long as you have stopped physical training and anabolic steroids intake. You should know that LVH (left ventricular hypertrophy) is quite reversible in such a case after some months from stopping straining physical activity and anabolic steroids. So, there is no reason to worry about dying early. I would just recommend continuing light physical activity. I hope this helps.

Thank you doctor,

Will I ever be able to weight train again?

Dr. Ilir Sharka



Welcome back to icliniq.com.

Yes, you can continue physical training, but not intensive. I would recommend avoiding straining physical activity like weight lifting and trying to practice aerobic exercises.

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