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Popular television actor Siddhaanth Surryavanshi, who featured in Hindi telly shows such as Kasautii Zindagii Kayy and Kkusum, reportedly breathed his last on Friday after working out at a gym. His shocking death is the latest in a line of celebrities who lost their life as a result of a heart attack in the gym. Such rising cases, reminiscent of actor Siddharth Shukla and comedian Raju Srivastava’s demise, are also a reminder of the need to exercise responsibly.
According to media reports, 46-year-old Siddhaanth was working at a gym when he collapsed and passed away. His friends and colleagues from the television industry condoled the sudden death of the actor, who was married to popular model Alesia Raut.
Industry veteran Ashoke Pandit tweeted, “Sad to know about the demise of my friend actor Siddhaanth Surryavanshi’s demise due to cardiac arrest while he was in the gym. My heartfelt condolences to his family and near ones. His demise is a great loss to the TV industry.”
Pointing out at a disturbing trend, he added, “Deaths of actors in while exercising in the gym. Abir Goswami – 2013, Raju Srivastava – September 2022, Sagar Pandey – October 2022, Puneeth Rajkumar – October 2021, Deepesh Bhan – July 2022, Siddhaanth Surryavanshi. The industry should discuss the reasons behind this.”
These examples underline the importance of keeping heart and health parameters in mind before pushing oneself into weight-lifting and intense workouts.
While exercise is good for health, over-exercising may not be. Keeping that in mind, one needs to understand that how much workout is too much can depend from person-to-person, based on their agility, stamina and most importantly, heart health.
Health Shots reached out to Dr Bhupendra Singh, Consultant Cardiology, Manipal Hospitals, Ghaziabad, to understand the likely reasons behind the increase of heart attack in gyms.
There are many types of gym people. Some people go to the gym just for aerobic or cardio exercise and while some people go to the gym for heavy weightlifting or intense workout. “Simple aerobics and cardio don’t cause many problems but yes if a person is into intense workouts then they need to check all the parameters like they’re not deranged or don’t have any underlying cardiac problem,” says Dr Singh.
According to the expert, the following health tips should be kept in mind before opting for an intense gym session.
People who are going to the gym should ensure that they should not have any prior cardiac condition or chronic conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, or a family history of coronary artery disease.
Besides, it’s good to know what happens to your heart when you do some basic exercises. Watch this Health Shots video to know more!
“Just like before taking part in a full marathon, it is recommended to go for at least a basic checkup, the same thing should be done for an intense workout in the gym, especially heavy weightlifting,” suggests Dr Singh.
There are people, who have the propensity to develop cardiac arrest during an intense workout and there is a certain congenital or hereditary problem. These things need to be ruled out before joining a gym for intense or heavy weightlifting.
There are tests that can rule out any such kind of problems like there are blood tests and specific cardiac tests in the form of ECG and ECH (Echocardiography). Unstable parameters can indicate risk factors of heart attack.
It tells us about the overall structure or overall pumping or functions of the heart and how the valves are working and if there is any congenital heart disease one can have is present or not. These conditions can be ruled out just by doing simple echocardiographic tests.
* Treadmill test
Another form of the test is the treadmill test or stress echo test in which a patient is subjected to the treadmill test and at the same time his ECG is recorded. This helps to find how the heart is performing at peak exercise or peak stress.
As far as diet is concerned, one should take natural products instead of supplements which are very prevalent these days, especially in young people going to the gyms, says Dr Singh. The focus should be on heart-friendly foods.
Follow these basic tips for heart-healthy diet:
* Avoid refined sugar
* Consume a carbohydrate-rich diet
* Ensure you consume more protein, fiber, fruits, and vegetables
* Stay away from deep-fried things and packaged food like namkeen, and biscuits
* People should take healthy oils which are recommended, especially olive oil, sunflower oil, and soyabean oil. Avoid vegetable oil or palm oil.