Is your heart strong enough for sports?

Cape Town Cycle Tour organisers revealed that 5 people suffered heart attacks during the race but were resuscitated. Tragically one participant died due to a heart attack.

CapeTalk's Kieno Kammies speaks to Dr Richard Nethononda, cardiologist at Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital about what to look out for to avoid heart attacks.

Some people are predisposed to developments of heart attacks and strokes. People with hypertension, diabetes and people who smoke are at high risk. People need to have an annual check against those.

Dr Richard Nethononda, Cardiologist at Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital

The fact that you participate in regular sporting activities does not exonerate you, it does give some protection but you can still have a heart attack.

Dr Richard Nethononda, Cardiologist at Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital

If you have chest pains during exercise or race you must stop, don't try and push yourself.

Dr Richard Nethononda, Cardiologist at Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital

According to Dr Nethononda, it is critically important that sports people go for annual check ups because heart attacks are common among sports people.

To hear the rest of the conversations with Dr Richard Nethononda, listen below:


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