Powerlifter Eager to Return to Gym after Recovering from Heart Attack

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Story Summary

Four years ago, Julie Krause started an intense new hobby — powerlifting. She got into it while working out at her gym. Before long, she was hooked. She began competing regionally and bringing home medals from her competitions.

“It makes me feel strong,” Krause said. “I’ve lifted about 1,000 pounds total at my last competition.”

Krause, a 44-year-old mother of three, hopes to start pumping serious iron again soon, but for now she is working out in MU Health Care’s cardiac rehabilitation gym. She hopes her story can be a lesson for others that they shouldn’t ignore warning signs of heart problems — particularly if they’ve recently had COVID-19.

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