The number of young people losing their lives to heart attacks has shot up over the years. A recent trend has surfaced nowadays where people succumb to heart attacks while working out in the gym. While exercise is always considered good for heart health, abrupt, and intense exercise might be damaging.
Health experts say that exercising without warm-up or using the treadmill despite experiencing symptoms such as dizziness, chest pain, and breathing difficulty can increase the risk of heart attack. Doctors say there might be many factors contributing to episodes of heart attack while exercising.
Here are a couple of reasons why people experience sudden heart attacks while working out in the gym:
Underlying heart issues like coronary artery disease (CAD) might be one of the primary reasons for sudden heart attacks while using a treadmill. CAD contracts the blood vessels and limits the blood supply to the heart muscle. The heart works harder when a person exercises on a treadmill. Restricted blood supply and blocked vessels can lead to a heart attack.
Overexertion due to rigorous exercise when an individual is not used to regular exercise can exhaust the heart and result in a sudden and severe heart attack. Failure to warm up before an intense workout can put pressure on the heart. It can increase heart rate and blood pressure, which might not be tolerable for some individuals who suffer from underlying heart issues.
Stress and anxiety also play a major role in causing heart issues. Working out while being stressed can lead to an increase in adrenaline putting additional stress on the heart. Age can elevate the risk of heart disease, that makes older adults more vulnerable to sudden heart attacks.
Dehydration can lead to blood thickening and make it hard for the heart to pump blood. Blood thickening can trigger a sudden cardiac episode. Improper techniques to use a treadmill such as wrong posture and excessive speed can exhaust the heart and result in injuries as well. Doctors say that people should not ignore symptoms such as breathlessness, and fatigue, chest pain while exercising on a treadmill as they can lead to more deadly consequences.