19-year-old BTech student working out at gym in Ghaziabad collapses on treadmill, dies

  • | Monday | 18th September, 2023

GHAZIABAD: A 19-year-old BTech student died after he collapsed while working out on a treadmill at a gym in Khoda on Saturday.Siddharth Kumar Singh was wheeled into the nearby RN Hospital, where he was declared dead on arrival. Dr RN Singh, who checked the 19-year-olds vitals, said he suspected the teenager might have had a heart attack while he was running on the treadmill."Two persons had brought Siddharth to the hospital around noon, but he had died by then. One of the men said he was on a treadmill at the gym and collapsed while running. Based on what I was told by the attendants and my examination, I suspect he had suffered a heart attack," Dr Singh said.Police told TOI that Siddharths family had refused an autopsy. His father runs a grocery store in Khoda and his mother is a government school teacher back in their hometown of Siwan in Bihar. "The BTech student was declared dead by doctors. The family requested that the autopsy should not be conducted and later took the body to Siwan for performing the last rites," said Swatantra Dev Singh, ACP (Indirapuram). No FIR was registered as the family did not suspect foul play, the ACP added. A video widely circulated on social media purportedly shows Siddharth training on the treadmill and collapsing. Two others at the gym rush towards him and carry him out of the premises.In October last year, a 38-year-old gym trainer collapsed in his chair after a cardiac arrest in the city. Doctors had said he may have had an arrhythmia - a condition when heartbeats become irregular - after his family and friends claimed he was working out despite being down with fever for a few days. Experts on Sunday warned against putting immense strain on the body without supervised exercise and advised in favour of gradually increasing stamina for training."For everyone who is keen to exercise and stay fit, a correct analysis of their bodys stamina is essential to ensure they dont overdo it. It appears the BTech student may have had a heart attack. In many gyms, even the trainers are not medically equipped to understand a persons capacity. Heavy exercise without adequate training can lead to spasm of the heart vessels and an attack. People should refrain from pushing their limits without building their stamina over time," said Dr Sunil Katyal, a cardiologist at the District Combined Hospital in the city.A cardiothoracic and vascular surgeon at Metro Hospitals in Noida pointed to other lifestyle parameters."The enthusiasm to achieve visible results on the body in less time has caused many accidents. Understanding the underlying factors- if someone smokes, consumes alcohol or eats a lot of junk food, then they must get themselves checked regularly and consult doctors before indulging in heavy exercises. Going out for a walk and yoga sessions a few times a week can be good for health, but putting pressure on the heart where it struggles to pump adequate blood supply can have serious repercussions," he said.Siddharths family and the gyms management could not be reached for comment till Sunday evening.

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