Bodybuilding After a By-pass?

in general 29 July 2016

Welcome to Our First Photoblog!

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We have received an email from one of our readers, Potkin Azarmehr, and found his story so fascinating that we decided to give it as much publicity as possible, to help others in the same situation, and to give Potkin an incentive to get well – and back to bodybuilding – quickly.  This is what he wrote:

“I have been fit and strong all my adult life. I have been a bodybuilder, martial artists and done boxing too. I am 52 now and, until last week, I felt I was the strongest I had ever been, with a good physique looking years younger than my real age. On 3rd September, however, my whole world changed when I experienced chest pains. I was taken for an angiogram in the Royal Free Hospital and told that I suffered from a genetic narrowing of the arteries and needed a triple by-pass.

One of my first questions to the surgeon was: “can I live my life the way I did before and remain strong?” He told me there is no reason why I shouldn't.

I had my operation last Monday, 7th September, and I am home going through the recovery. I have found a lot of stuff about men going back doing runs and marathons after by-pass but not much about going back to doing weights and contact sport.”

Here are some pre-op photos:

Obviously someone at the very peak of physical fitness.

Some post-op shots:

The first instalment of Potkin's Diary covering 3rd September, when he first noticed problem, to the day of his operation on the 7th, is here.

If you would like to email him please click here and we will forward your messages.

Please pass the link to this page to as many people as possible because we will be following his progress and posting regular updates.

Knowing that physical activity including bodybuilding and contact sports can continue after a by-pass could really help others.  Thank you.

The British Wheel of Yoga