In another shocking case of an actor collapsing during training, actor Siddhaanth Vir Surryavanshi died on Friday at the age of 46 after apparently fainting in the gym. Having started her career as a model, Siddhaanth was a popular face on TV and was seen on shows like ‘Kkusum’, ‘Kasautii Zindagii Kay’, ‘Waaris’ and ‘Suryaputra Karn’. Siddhaanth’s death adds to the disturbing list of celebrities – seemingly fit and active – who died at a young age. Earlier this year, comedian Raju Srivastava also collapsed in the gymnasium while on the treadmill and after several weeks in hospital, he died. In 2021, southern superstar Puneeth Rajkumar, also 46, died of cardiac arrest while working out at the gym.
As in the past, this again led to the question – how much exercise is too much. How do we make sure we don’t overwork ourselves and what is the real parameter of being in good shape? While more details are expected on Siddhaanth’s death, let’s take a generic look at what doctors are saying about training and heart health.
Dos and Don’ts for Heart Health
So how do young, “fit” stars fall prey to heart disease? Speaking to us earlier, Dr Viveka Kumar, Senior Director and Head of Catheterization Laboratories, Max Super Specialty Hospital, Saket, said: “What we need to understand is that there is a difference between being fit and being healthy. Health doesn’t just mean physical fitness, but mental health too – keeping stress under control, a decent lifestyle and getting enough sleep are all very important.”
What are the precautions to take to avoid a heart attack?
Dr. Viveka has these suggestions:
– Not everyone who looks fit is healthy. Physical fitness must be associated with mental health and adequate sleep.
– Smoking is bad for the heart. The same goes for smoking tobacco in ANY form.
– Exercise is essential. You have to walk more than 10,000 steps in 24 hours.
– Again, too much exercise is BAD. If you walk more than 30,000 steps a day, continuously, it can be harmful. Exercise regularly, but in moderation.
– If you walk less than 5,000 steps a day, you lead a sedentary lifestyle and are at as much risk of heart disease as a smoker, even if you don’t smoke.
– Sleeping less than 6 hours and more than 10 hours regularly is bad for your health.
– Avoid excess sugar and salt as they will lead to/aggravate diabetes and high blood pressure, which are directly linked to heart health.
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Exercise the right way
Although a sedentary lifestyle is bad for your health, so is too much exercise. Dr Manish Hinduja, Consultant – Cardio-Thoracic and Vascular Surgery, Fortis Hospital, Mulund, told us: “If you exert too much effort in the gym, it leads to a sudden increase in the workload of the heart and in patients vulnerable, it can lead to heart problems.”
Dr. Hinduja gives us these tips to keep in mind while exercising:
1) Conveyor belt : Start slowly, walk or run slowly for the first 5 minutes. Alternate periods of slow and fast running. The incline of the treadmill should be minimal and steep running is not recommended. For beginners, you should only gradually increase the speed and duration of the exercise.
2) Bodybuilding: Start with lower weights. Increase the frequency, then increase the weights.
3) Monitor your heart rate while working out: Your heart rate should be below 70% of your maximum heart rate (i.e. 220 – your age). Ideally, your heart rate should not exceed 140/150 per minute when exercising.
4) Check the symptoms: Some people sweat a lot. Sweating alone is not a problem, but sweating with chest heaviness, jaw pain, and left hand pain – are all markers of heart disease. Get a medical check-up as soon as possible.
5) Other exercises: After 45, if you don’t like the gym, you can do 30-40 minutes of brisk walking, aerobics, outdoor sports or dancing.
Regular heart exams: do THESE tests
For those with a family history of heart disease, Dr Hinduja suggests they should start routine medical checkups from the age of 35. “Those without a family history of heart problems can start from age 50. Every five years, routine heart checkups should be done. After age 60, a routine checkup should be done every 2-3 years old Routine checkups include ECG and 2D echo The best test to find blockages in the arteries is coronary angiography, and for problems with the valves it is the ‘2D echo.’
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