Is the passing away of cricket legend Shane Warne is a reminder to check your heart health? Shane Warne, the spin wizard, died at the age of 52 due to a suspected heart failure in Thailand on March 4.
Warne had posted on Instagram about six days before his death that “operation shred has started”. He had gained and shed weight several times and in the past he has hinted at traditional Chinese medicine for his weight loss. Warne’s manager the other day had said that the cricketing legend had just finished a 14-day liquid crash diet.
Well, health experts point out that the extreme diet that Shane Warne followed to lose weight quickly is linked to an increased risk of heart attack. This happens in people who already have cardiac issues.
IS LOW CALORIE DIET A STRAIN ON THE HEART?
No doubt, Shane Warne had gone on low calorie diets several times. Health experts point out that low calorie diet are not good and they pit extra traion on the heart.
In case the complete metabolism gets completely out of whack and if one has a small attack, then it could become something serious.
WHAT LEADS TO HEART ATTACKS IN ATHLETES?
Some athletes are known to exercise a lot. However, this is not good and only moderate exercise is good, according to health experts.
Health experts points out that strenuous exercise could cause oxygen debt in the cardiac tissue. This could trigger cardiac arrhythmia and death. Moreover, increase in heart rate and BP with overzealous exercise can cause microscopic tears in heart arteries. This could lead to clot formation, which could then occlude one of the major heart arteries and cause heart attack.
SHOULD EVERYONE GO FOR REGULAR CARDIAC CHECKS?
One of the best ways to prevent heart failures is to have a balanced lifestyle along with regular health check-ups. This includes ECG echo and stress test. In addition, control of risk factors such as diabetes and hypertension are a must.
One cannot have control over age, gender and genetics. However, a person can have control over others such as Cholesterol, High blood pressure, Smoking and Diabetes, which are all risk factors of an attack.
HOW TO PREVENT ATTACK?
- Quit smoking
- Limit alcohol consumption
- Control high blood pressure and high cholesterol
- Manage diabetes
- Watch waist and weight
- Eat healthy
- Exercise regularly 30 minutes a day