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Jakarta Post

Postexercise deaths tip of underlying health condition iceberg

  • Sebastian Partogi


Jakarta   /   Sat, September 19 2020   /  01:31 pm
Take care of your heart: A doctor listens to a patient’s heartbeat. Medical professionals advise getting routine check-ups to assess cardiovascular health and the risk factors associated with it, such as high cholesterol, high blood pressure and diabetes, to avoid suffering from sudden cardiac arrest after high-intensity exercise.(Shutterstock/Lee Charlie)

Time and time again, we have heard the tragic news of celebrities who have died suddenly of heart attacks after physical exercise. The most recent death was that of actor Ashraf Sinclair, who died in February 2020 after attending a CrossFit workout the day before. His sudden and tragic death has caused people to question the physical safety of CrossFit workouts, which combine various regimens to train different muscles. In addition to these highly publicized stories, a lot of people have also died suddenly after running marathons or diving. The fact that Ashraf and some other high-profile celebrities, like Adjie Massaid and Ricky Johannes, who died in 2011 and 2013 respectively after playing futsal, passed away suddenly after physical exertion the night before has made some people question the safety of exercising late at night. However, according to Indonesian cardiologist V...