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Puneeth Rajkumar’s sudden death: Docs say heart check-up is must before starting an exercise program

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Many people are concerned about their heart’s health after Puneeth Rajkumar’s unexpected death from cardiac arrest.

Many people were shaken by Puneeth’s death. Those who have a sedentary lifestyle and those who undertake hard exercise at gyms are concerned and seeking advice from their cardiologists on what to do and what not to do to remain fit and fine.

To alleviate those people’s concerns, spoke with a well-known cardiologist and heart surgeon, who gave advice to the general public.

Dr Ameet G. Sattur, a well-known interventional cardiologist at Suchirayu Hospital and Sattur Heart Care in Hubballi, cautioned young people who routinely engage in intensive exercise at gyms not to overdo it. The “you can do it” mindset is seriously harmful in weight lifting activities, he said.

He stated that cardiorespiratory workouts such as brisk walking, running, and jogging are beneficial and that 45 minutes of these exercises five days a week is sufficient to maintain excellent health.

Dr Ameet urged people to have a heart examination and fitness testing before engaging in endurance sports or any strenuous training routine. People with diabetes and high blood pressure should be examined before participating in marathons or high-intensity workouts, said the cardiologist.

He advised individuals to see a cardiologist at least once a year to avoid cardiac arrest or heart attacks.

They should see their doctor at least once every 3-4 months if they have high blood pressure or diabetes. Sattur Heart Care, according to Dr Ameet, boasts the state’s first 4D ECHO, which is driven by artificial intelligence. This equipment is so sophisticated that it can readily identify several heart-related diseases.

Surgeon in Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery Dr Shanmukh Hiremath, who practises at Sumukh Heart Care near the Court Circle in the city, says that while exercise is beneficial to health, having a sedentary lifestyle is also a dangerous factor.

He urged individuals to engage in mild to moderate exercise rather than vigorous exercise. Those who are in danger should not engage in strenuous activity at first. They should begin with modest and moderate exercise and gradually raise the intensity.

Those with high blood pressure, diabetes, or a family history of cardiac-related issues should first assess their heart’s condition before beginning an exercise plan.

According to Dr Shanmukh, “I’ve seen that Covid cause blood clotting in asymptomatic Covid patients who had no idea they were infected. If these persons become dehydrated, their chances of developing blood clotting increase. As a result, it is recommended that D-Dimer levels be checked as well.”

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