Mumbai Marathon: Running is good for heart patients too

The Mumbai Marathon fever is on! Runners are out at the crack of dawn, practicing for the D-Day. Among them are heart patients too! They are those brave-hearts who haven t let their heart condition come in the way. It is a myth that people who have had a bypass surgery or any other heart condition, cannot run such long distances. They can. All they have to do is taken precautions.

Dr. Tilak Suvarna, Senior Interventional Cardiologist, Asian Heart Institute, shares a few Dos and Don ts:

Things that a participant (with a heart condition) should keep in mind

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  • A thorough check-up by a cardiologist is a must. The following tests are important to be done routine blood tests, ECG, 2D-echocardiogram, stress test.
  • Undergo proper training. Learn about the right things that you should do before you start to practice for the marathon. If this is the first time, work on improving your fitness level first. Start with brisk walking, followed by jogging and then running.
  • Take medication even on D-Day. Take them an hour before the run.
  • You are fit to run if your heart pumping is normal. A successful angioplasty or a bypass surgery nothing can come your way.
  • Precaution is better than cure. If you suffer from chest pain or breathlessness, stop running immediately and report to your cardiologist. (Read: 9 reasons to start running today)

Who should avoid running the marathon

  • Those with active cardiac disease.
  • Those with symptoms of chest pain, breathlessness, fatigue or exertion.
  • Those who have had a heart attack or open heart surgery just three to six months before.
  • Those with obstructive valvular or muscular conditions of the heart.
  • Those known to have abnormal heart rhythms brought on or worsened by exertion. (Read: 10 simple tips to prevent heart disease)

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