Sudden Deaths While Exercising: Causes and Prevention Tips – Read Dr. Vikas Kumar's Report to Find Out

Dr. Vikas Kumar, a renowned physician at RIMS Ranchi, has shared some information on sudden deaths that occur while exercising, be it at the gym or while dancing. He took to Twitter to share insights into the causes of these sudden deaths and ways to prevent them.

These days, we often come across viral videos on social media where people suddenly collapse and die while working out, whether it's at the gym or dancing. There is one video in particular where a young man suddenly passed away while exercising at the gym. Before this, there have been several viral videos where people died suddenly while dancing. You might be wondering what could be the reasons behind these incidents and how to avoid them.

Understanding the Causes and Preventive Measures:

1. The exact cause of these deaths can often only be determined through autopsy. Some reports and studies have indicated that most of these cases are related to heart issues, while others have found a connection to brain hemorrhage in some individuals. In a few cases, toxicology reports have shown the presence of tramadol drugs.

2. In individuals under the age of 35, congenital heart diseases (CHD) and hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HOCM) can exist prior to engaging in strenuous exercise, and sudden death can result from excessive exertion.

3. In individuals above the age of 35, coronary artery disease (commonly known as a heart attack or heart blockage) has become quite common. Some people tend to ignore it. When we suddenly engage in intense exercise or physical activity, it can become a cause of sudden death.

4. During the COVID-19 pandemic, blood clotting issues and blockages in the veins increased significantly, which could contribute to heart blockages or heart attacks. Post-COVID, this can also be considered as a potential cause.

Preventive Measures:

1. Mild to moderate aerobic exercise is good for the heart. Avoid extreme or excessive exercise.

2. Aim for 4-5 days of exercise per week and take rest on the remaining days.

3. Avoid sudden and intense exercise routines.

4. If you experience chest pain, shoulder pain, or difficulty breathing during exercise, do not ignore it.

5. Listen to your body; if you suspect any heart-related issue, consult a doctor and consider getting cardiac tests such as ECG or TMT before starting an exercise regimen.

6. Be cautious with bodybuilding supplements and drugs.

Dr. Vikas Kumar mentioned that this information is based on discussions and experiences with a team of doctors, including cardiologists, neurologists, general physicians, neurosurgeons, and community medicine experts. Autopsy reports can also be referred to on the National Library of Medicine's website.

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