Raju Srivastava, a well-known Bollywood actor and comedian, died on Wednesday after suffering a massive cardiac arrest while running on a treadmill on August 10, 2022. The actor was on life support at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in New Delhi. He regained consciousness after 15 days on ventilator support, according to reports. However, on September 1, he was placed back on ventilator support after running a fever of up to 100 degrees.
This is not the first time a celebrity has been reported to have heart problems while working out. Even though experts agree that regular exercise is important for overall health, they also advise people to take it slowly at first. “Strenuous exercise can cause “oxygen debt” in cardiac tissue, which can lead to cardiac arrhythmia and death,” Dr Swapna Khetripal, Consultant Interventional Cardiologist, explained to TheHealthSite.com. So, if you’re a fitness fanatic, this article will help you understand when to stop trying to stay fit.
If you enjoy working out and going to the gym regularly, you should be aware that being aware of your health conditions can not only help you avoid heart attacks at the gym but can also help you avoid injury or muscle tears. Dr Tilak Suvarna, Senior Interventional Cardiologist, Asian Heart Institute, Mumbai, spoke to IANS about some important points to remember while working out.
Treadmill Guidelines for Heart Health
So, here are some guidelines to follow when using the treadmill at the gym:
Examine Your Health
If you are over 50, consult a cardiologist or undergo a stress test.
Exercises should not be overdone.
Understand the process; a moderate workout will suffice to help you reap the benefits. Overdoing it can raise your heart rate and increase your risk of a heart attack.
Stop When This Occurs
It is critical to understand when to stop exercising. According to Sr Suvarna, if a person experiences chronic chest pain, shortness of breath, light-headedness, excessive sweating, or chest congestion, they should immediately stop working out.
Maintain Your Body’s Hydration
Working out is important, but so is keeping track of your body! Workouts can cause you to sweat, causing your body to become dehydrated. You only need to stay hydrated. Drink plenty of water or other fluids that will keep your body hydrated.
Never Workout After Eating
Exercise should also be avoided immediately after eating. Working out on an empty stomach will only harm your body and not help you gain anything.
Steroids should be avoided.
According to experts, many fitness enthusiasts of all ages use steroids or synthetic proteins, which are extremely dangerous. This can harm internal organs and cause a variety of health problems.
Who should be more cautious?
According to Dr Ashish Agarwal, HOD Cardiology at Aakash Healthcare, intense workouts or excessive physical activity can harm the heart. In addition, people with hypertension, high cholesterol, or diabetes should consult a cardiologist before starting a gym programme.