A complete cardiac check-up is a must before hitting the gym: Dr. G. B. Sattur


Hubballi: Sandalwood star Puneeth Rajkumar, comedian Raju Srivastav, cricketer Sourav Ganguly, Balika Vadhu star Sidharth Shukla, and famous singer KK are just some of those who suffered cardiac complications while working out in the gym. Of these, Puneeth Rajkumar, Sidharth Shukla, and KK succumbed to sudden heart complications they developed while working out.

Incidents of people suffering heart attacks while working out in gyms are being reported more frequently. To get to know the answer to this worrying trend, hubliexpress.com met renowned diabetologist Dr G.B. Sattur recently. Many factors, according to Dr. Sattur, contribute to a heart attack while working out in the gym. A sedentary lifestyle is one of the major risk factors for heart disease. A lack of exercise increases your risk for heart disease, he said, and added that people get worried whenever a well-known person suffers a heart problem while working out. That does not mean that you should not do exercise, said Dr. Sattur.

Dr. Sattur says maintaining an active lifestyle is an excellent way to lower your risk of heart disease. Walking has been shown to promote heart health when done on a regular basis. It can even aid with weight loss and blood pressure control, reversing certain risk factors for cardiovascular disease. Dr GB Sattur says exercise can sometimes raise the risk of a heart attack, especially in people who have heart disease and aren’t carefully managing their activities.

Listen to your heart

The diabetologist said that exercise is very important in preventing heart disease. It is usually safe for most people, but you have to take precautions, especially if you are over 25, or you’ve been told by your doctor that you have one or more of the risk factors for heart disease. You recently had a heart attack or another heart condition and have previously been inactive.

If you’re new to working out, start slowly to avoid negative consequences. Before beginning a new workout regimen, consult with your doctor. Take their opinions and suggestions into consideration. You may also need to start working out under medical supervision. Dr. Sattur says that if a person is planning to start a new exercise regimen, they should consult a cardiologist and he or she should undergo a complete cardiac evaluation before they start. The heart check-up would be to ensure that a person does not have an underlying heart problem that they are unaware of—or that they do not embark on a too strenuous programme if they are generally quite inactive.

Sitting is new smoking

Dr. Sattur stated that long durations of sitting offer health hazards such as obesity, excess body fat around the waist, high blood sugar, raised blood pressure, and sitting for long periods increases the risk of cardiovascular disease.

He recommended individuals be active and walk for at least 45 minutes at a brisk pace. If they are having difficulty doing so, they can follow the 3:10 rule, which means they can walk for 15 minutes before breakfast, lunch, and dinner, which will provide the same benefits as walking for 45 minutes continuously.

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Dr GB Sattur is a well-known diabetologist who practises at Sattur Medical Care on Pinto Road in Hubli. To make an appointment, call 70226-111123 or 797555-7272.

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