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‘Take it easy, don’t push too hard’


First-time and elderly runners of Mumbai Marathon 2016 should not push too hard, advise doctors

Mumbai : Stop immediately if you suffer from fatigue, dehydration, pain in heart and get checked by a doctor at the nearest medical camp, advise city-based doctors to the first-time runners and senior citizens who are participating to beat the heat in the 13th edition of Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon 2016 on January 17 (Sunday). Experts explain that marathoners usually are fit and well-trained; however, those who are running long-distance for the first time should take it slow, get a complete medical check-up before the race as their body is not used to running.

A total of 14 marathon runners were admitted to Asian Heart Institute (AHI) hospital last year after suffering from oral dehydration, treatment for cramps, physiotherapy and nausea which were the basic problems faced by the runners which came to light. In wake of this, city health experts explain that after running for a long period of time, marathon runners start feeling dehydrated and nauseous as their body generates heat and excretes water in the form of sweat.

Cardiac experts further state that runners should get a complete medical check-up before the race in order to ensure that they are not suffering from any underlying ailment. Dr Pratik Soni, cardiologist at Wockhardt Hospital in Mumbai Central said, “While running, there is pressure on our heart-muscles which can further lead to heart failure if we do not identify the symptoms of breathlessness and nausea. Therefore, it is necessary that runners and senior citizens who are participating for the first time need to take it easy and halt immediately and ask help from the volunteer if they feel pain in their heart and fatigueness. Further, they should carry a water-bottle mixed with sugar and glucose which consumption will maintain their sugar levels and help their body to keep cool and hydrated throughout the race.”

AHI on standby

With nearly 40,285 runners from different corners of the world all set to participate in the marathon; Asian Heart Institute has also geared up to provide medical assistance to the runners. Following this, there will be more than 500 volunteers from AHI which will include more than 200 medical staff, 10 ambulances (each with a doctor and a nurse to ply on the entire route), seven ‘mobile medics’ (doctors on motorbikes for the entire route), 10 aid stations all along the route and two base camps of 40 and 20 beds each to provide medical aid who suffers from any injury, dehydration or any complication.