The mysterious death of Television fame Siddharth Shukla followed a series of debates and discussions about whether his cardiac arrest was somehow related to his hectic lifestyle and excessive exercise habits. 


According to a report in India Today, Siddharth Shukla was advised by doctors to go slowly with exercise and workout. The actor however, did not pay enough heed to doctors’ recommendations and continued with his jogging. The Bigg Boss 13 winner succumbed to death on September 2.


So can excessive exercise lead to heart attack? Let’s find out


Relationship between intense workout and heart health 

Extreme athletes go beyond the limits of their physical abilities on a regular basis, unlike weekend warriors, brisk walkers, and even enthusiastic joggers. They usually run 50 miles or more or run marathons multiple times in a row, consistently pushing past tiredness, dehydration, and pain that would keep most people off the road or in the hospital.


Despite finishing extreme running events, athletes’ blood samples still contain biomarkers associated with heart damage, according to a study done on marathon runners.


However, as the heart endures extreme physical strain over and over again, the heart may develop physical changes which may further enhance the damage. 


What are the potential risks associated with intense training 

According to research, researchers deduced that people who strained their body and exercised more than the National Physical Activity Guidelines for a long time were more prone to acquire Coronary Artery Calcification or CAC by middle age.  


CAC, which is determined via CT scans, indicates the presence of calcium-containing plaques in the arteries of the heart, which is a risk factor for heart disease.


As per the report, when compared to individuals who exercised the least, those who exercised three times the recommended amount — or the equivalent of 450 minutes of moderate activity each week— had a 27 percent higher chance of getting CAC over the study period. 


Surprisingly, for white participants, the effects of intensive exercise were considerably more pronounced.


On the other hand, people who exercised less than the minimum recommended level were more prone to develop high blood pressure. Symptoms of type 2 diabetes were also found to be developed in middle age.  


In a separate study, 10,000 people were studied for ten years by researchers in Paris, France. They analyzed the effects of exercise on one’s health. They discovered that high-intensity sporting physical activity was linked to health advantages. On the contrary, physical exercise at work was linked to long-term health risks.


People with professions that require regular activity, such as lifting large loads on a regular basis, were more likely to develop aberrant neural baroreflex and arterial stiffness, both of which are detrimental to cardiovascular health. They claim that long periods of high-intensity employment may be harmful to one’s health.


How to look for Heart Problems during Exercise 

As per the World Heart Federation, people not indulging in regular exercise have a 50 percent greater chance for being infected with heart disease. One should be cautious when it comes to intense training. What are the symptoms of cardiac arrest while exercising? 


Pain in the chest

Heart attacks are often associated with sudden and intense chest pain. This may be the first symptom of a heart attack. Many, however, experience mild discomfort, pressure, squeezing, or fullness in the center of their chest. A lot of times, the pain can be subtle and may come and go, making it difficult to figure out what is wrong. Consult your doctor if this symptom lasts longer than a few minutes.


Breathing problems

An activity that leaves a person breathless and uncomfortable may signal a heart attack. A chest discomfort may precede this symptom, or it may even occur without any discomfort.


Light-headedness or dizziness

If you aren’t used to physical activity, it may cause you to feel fatigued, but you shouldn’t feel dizzy or light-headed as you exercise. Stop exercising immediately if you experience these symptoms.


Unusual heart rhythms

A palpitating or thumping heartbeat could indicate a heart problem. Be sure to seek medical attention if you notice any unusual heart rhythms while working out.


Other body aches

Heart problems can cause sensations in other parts of the body besides your chest. Discomfort, pain, or pressure in the arms, back, neck, jaw, or stomach are common symptoms. Discomfort may also radiate from one part of your body to another, such as from your chest, chin, or neck to your shoulder, arm, or back.


Unusual sweating

Although sweating is typical during exercise, nausea and a chilly sweat are red flags that something is wrong. Some patients who have had heart attacks have described a feeling of impending doom or foreboding.


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