Ep 24: Running & Heart Health

Ep 24: Running & Heart Health

Over the years there has been much research on the correlation between running and heart health. While it is common knowledge that Running as a cardio activity does improve heart health, there is a lot more to the effect of Running on Heart Health. In this episode, we talk about how running can affect heart health in various ways with Dr. Aashish Contractor, who is a runner himself and is a pioneer of cardiac rehabilitation and sports cardiology.

In this episode, we talk about:

  • How Running improves heart health
  • Tracking heart health
  • Training & Racing with a focus on heart health
  • Causes of cardiac arrest in runners
  • Importance of Recovery
  • Tests that are recommended for runners to monitor heart health.

Guest Intro

Dr. Aashish Contractor

Dr. Aashish Contractor is currently the Director of Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine at the Sir H.N. Reliance Foundation Hospital, in Mumbai, India, and a fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine. Prior to this, he was the head of the department of Preventive Cardiology and Rehabilitation at the Asian Heart Institute. He is widely recognized as the pioneer of cardiac rehabilitation and sports cardiology in India and has recently authored a book, ‘The Heart Truth’, on heart disease prevention.

Dr. Contractor was the Medical Director for the Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon, from 2004 to 2014, as well as other international sporting events in India. He is an avid sportsman, having run several marathons, and in April 2012, did a non-stop Mumbai - Pune – Mumbai cycle ride (329 km) with two friends and in the process raised 1.2 crore rupees for children with cancer. In 2016, the Zoroastrian Trust Funds of India awarded Dr. Contractor as the ‘Outstanding Zoroastrian in Medicine.’

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