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What causes people to have heart attacks in the gym?

TV actor Siddhaanth Vir Surryavanshi died of a heart attack in the gym! Surprised when we saw this news? These kinds of events are on the rise. What is the reason for this? Let's see.

TV actor Siddhaanth Vir Surryavanshi
TV actor Siddhaanth Vir Surryavanshi

Reading about Siddhaanth's death shocked me. Keeping fit or looking stylish is inevitable for actors, so they always care about their health. They work hard to achieve that. Doing makeup, going to the gym, following a healthy diet, etc. What makes such people vulnerable to heart attacks?

The following are a few possible causes.


I would rank diet or food choice as number one. Those in the film industry need to maintain their bodies to fit their roles. As a result, they sometimes lose weight quickly or gain weight quickly. These people will do anything for a muscular body. They follow a different diet for this purpose. They often start consuming protein supplements. The changes have to be made within a short period of time. Consequently, these people follow a different diet and are caught in a trap. Despite its ability to bring about the desired change, this kind of diet damages your vital organs in the process. Your heart, liver, kidneys, and brain are among these organs. It is dangerous and not always nutritious to follow such a diet. For nutrition, these people consume different types of multivitamins. However, no matter how many vitamins you take, it's not easy to reverse the damage done to your organs. It takes time, and these people don't have time. In any case, what does such a diet have to do with a heart attack at the gym? Let's take a closer look at this, below.


In this industry, cigarettes, alcohol, and other addictions are common. All of these factors contribute to heart attacks.


It is common for people working in this industry to have high blood pressure due to mental stress. There is a strong correlation between high blood pressure and mental stress, regardless of how well you follow a diet or exercise.

Exercising vigorously

These people exercise vigorously to get a lean body or lose weight faster. Do you think this is wrong? There is no doubt that it is incorrect. If you have high-risk factors for cardiovascular disease, you cannot simply start doing vigorous exercises without knowing the condition of your heart.

What causes a heart attack in the gym?

To understand why this happens, we need to learn how heart attacks occur.

Our hearts require oxygen, just like other organs. Coronary arteries supply oxygen to the heart. Oxygenated blood is supplied to your heart by coronary arteries. To maintain oxygen supply, coronary arteries must be secure.

High blood pressure (due to stressful life), diabetes, saturated fats (wrong diet), cigarettes, alcohol, and poor diet contribute to increased bad cholesterol levels in the body. When cholesterol accumulates inside the coronary artery, a plaque forms. As a result, the diameter of the coronary artery is reduced. A plaque reduces the heart's blood supply. The gym poses an increased risk, but it is important to understand why.

Exercise in the gym increases heart rates. Having a high heart rate indicates a fast heartbeat. Your heart needs more oxygen during such times. Herein lies the real problem. For more oxygen to be delivered through the coronary arteries, more blood must flow through them. If a coronary artery is clogged, more blood cannot be supplied. Medically speaking, such a person gets chest pain called angina. To put it simply, it is a mild heart attack at this point. Coronary artery plaques can rupture.

Plaques that burst accumulate some blood cells and cholesterol at the site of rupture, and the small plaque grows in size as a result. Acute heart attacks are more likely to occur when plaque size exceeds 70%. There are numerous factors that contribute to the formation of plaque in coronary arteries, including an unhealthy lifestyle, smoking, alcohol, too much mental stress, and a poor diet.

So, people working in the film industry are always at high risk of getting a heart attack due to their lifestyle. Without knowing the status of their heart, they start doing vigorous exercises in the gym under the guidance of a non-medico person. This is what probably happened with TV actor Siddhaanth Vir Surryavanshi.

How to reduce your risk of heart disease with healthy eating?

Reduce your risk of heart disease by following these steps:

  • You should limit your intake of fried fast food and processed foods.

  • It is important to replace saturated fats (butter, coconut oil, and cream) with healthy unsaturated fats derived from seeds and plants (such as extra virgin olive oil, avocados, sunflowers, canola, safflowers, peanuts, soybeans, and sesame) and foods like nuts, seeds, avocados, olives, and soy.

  • Increasing the amount and variety of plant foods - eating more vegetables, fruits, and wholegrain cereals.

  • Limit the consumption of refined carbohydrates with a higher glycaemic index (such as foods that contain added sugars).

  • You should limit your intake of unprocessed red meats (such as beef, veal, mutton, lamb, pork) to 350 g per week (cooked weight), and eliminate processed meats (such as sausages, ham, salami, and prosciutto).

  • The skin of poultry and all visible fat should be removed from the meat.

  • Tofu, soybeans, lentils, and baked beans (reduced salt) are all legumes you should consume regularly.

  • Every day, eat a handful of raw, unsalted nuts (especially walnuts and almonds).

  • Make sure you eat oily fish at least once a week.

  • You should reduce your salt intake. Processed and packaged foods should be avoided. Avoid fast food and salty foods. For flavor, use herbs and spices instead of salt at the table and in the kitchen.

  • Switch to low-fat or non-fat dairy products if your cholesterol levels are elevated.

  • It is recommended that you drink no more than two standard drinks in one day if you drink alcohol. Blood pressure and triglycerides can be raised by a high alcohol intake.



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