A heart attack (acute myocardial infarction) can occur when soft plaques that form in the coronary arteries rupture and cause a large clot. This may come without any prior warning symptoms. Even plaques of 30 per cent can rupture and set up the formation of a large obstructive clot, says Prof K Srinath Reddy, a cardiologist, epidemiologist and president, Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI)
Some tips to avoid it:
Check Your Health
If you are above 50, make sure to get yourself checked by a cardiologist or do a stress test.
Avoid Overdoing Exercises
Understand the process, moderate workout is good enough to help you get the benefits. Overdoing the same can lead increase in heart rate and later increase your heart attack risk.
Stop When This Happens
It is important to understand when one should stop exercising. According to Sr Suvarna, one should immediately stop working out if he/she experiences symptoms like chronic chest pain or shortness of breath or light-headedness, extreme sweating and chest congestion.
Avoid Taking Steroids
Experts say that many fitness enthusiasts, irrespective of age, use steroids or synthetic proteins which are not safe at all. This can harm the internal organs and lead to several health complications.
Keep Your Body Hydrated
While working out is important, keeping a tab of the body is important too! Workout can make you sweat, thus your body can get dehydrated. All you need to do is stay hydrated. Drink a lot of water or fluids that can provide your body with the required hydration.
Never Hit The Gym After Eating
One should also avoid exercising just after having a meal. Working out on a full stomach can only cause damage to your body and not help you gain anything good.