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Description: Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon
Members: 425

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Description: Airtel Delhi Half Marathon
Members: 290

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Members: 63

SCMM

Description: Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon
Members: 425

ADHM

Description: Airtel Delhi Half Marathon
Members: 290

TCS World 10K

Description: Tata Consultancy Services World 10K Bangalore 2011
Members: 98

Ask the Coach

Description: Ask the Coach
Members: 113

Ask the Doctor

Description: Ask the Doctor
Members: 63

Dr. Aashish Contractor is the Head of the department of Preventive Cardiology and Rehabilitation at the Asian Heart Institute. Dr. Contractor has worked and trained in the United States, under the leading authorities and pioneers in his field. He completed his medical training at the TN Medical College, Mumbai and post-graduate training at the Univ of Virginia, USA.

Dr. Contractor returned to India and set up the department of Preventive Cardiology and Rehabilitation at the Asian Heart Institute, and has been with the Institute, since its inception. The Asian Heart Institute has been rated as the best private cardiac care hospital in India, in 2011 and 2012. Dr. Contractor had the distinction of being part of the team of doctors who treated the Prime Minister of India, Dr. Manmohan Singh, after his redo bypass surgery in January 2009, and was in charge of his post surgery cardiac rehabilitation.

Dr. Contractor has several scientific publications, both in textbooks as well as Journals. He is a Visiting Lecturer at the University of Chester, United Kingdom and serves as the Certification Director of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) in India, since November, 2003. He is also the Vice-Chairman of the International Council of Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation.

Dr. Contractor has been the Medical Director for the Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon, since its inception in 2004. He is an avid sportsman himself, having run several marathons, and in April 2012, did a non-stop Mumbai - Pune - Mumbai cycle ride (329 km) and in the process raised 1.15 crores (USD 200,000) for children with cancer.

If you have any questions on Injury/ Nutrition/ Medical conditions related to running for the marathon/half marathon, you can send these to Dr. Aashish Contractor.

To seek better advice from Dr. Contractor, mention your following details :

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2. Gender -

3. Any existing medical condition -

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Disclaimer: The expert views/suggestions/comments by Dr. Aashish Contractor are purely of recommendatory in nature. You are advised to consult your physician before adhering to the expert views/suggestions/comments. Procam International, Dr. Aashish Contractor, Asian Heart Institute, sponsors/partners of the event or any of the Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon Committee persons, officials or volunteers or any persons or entities associated with the event or the directors, employees, agents or representatives of all or any of the aforementioned shall not be held liable for any injury, damage or even death which may occur by virtue of following views/ suggestions/comments expressed herein.

Title / Thread
Running Full Marathon after Angioplasty
1.Age - 45 Years

2. Gender - Male

3. Any Existing Medical Condition - Suffered a heart attack,Angioplasty done on Feb 4, 2013 with two stents

4. Your Running History - Started running seriously from May 2013. Have never run before in my life. Ran the Pune Running Beyond- Half Marathon on Oct 6 , 2013. Ran the Pune International Half Marathon on Dec 2, 2013( 2 Hrs 27 mins).

Question: I am keen to Run the Mumbai Full Marathon(SCMM) on Jan 19,2013. I have registered for the full Marathon. I am facing severe opposition from my Family and Friends. I have already run 32 KM earlier this week in my practice.I feel fine after running except a bit drowsy for some time since my BP drops to 90/60 I need your advice on Running the Full Marathon - which will mean a gerat deal to me.

By, TERENCE
Posted On : 19 Dec 2013 ,10:01 AMNo replies
High BP and Half Marathon Running
1. Age - 34

2. Gender - Male

3. Any existing medical condition - High BP (110/165)

4. Your running history - Last 4 months

Hi Sir,

In the month of Jul'13 i found that i am having high BP problem and after that doctor give me some medicines (Olmin-40 mg) me and suggestged to do at least 5 KM morning brisk walk, which i started and after doing brisk walk for 2 weeks i like and started running from 1st Aug'13, right now am running approx 5 to 7 KM on each alternate day and wanted to participate in upcoming Delhi halfmarathon, kindly suggest what kind of safety major i shall take before running.

Thanks & Regards,
Anurag Tomar

By, Anurag
Posted On : 24 Oct 2013 ,4:27 AMNo replies
Barefoot running
Doctor,
I am 38 yrs old and weigh 82 Kgs. This is the first time I am participating in a half marathon. I have taken to barefoot running since May 13. The move from cushion shoes to barefoot running shoes has been gradual. The maximum distance I have done so far has been 12 kms. There has been no visible problems so far. However, I am curious to know if I need to take any other precautions. I run more than 8 Kms only once a week. Regards

By, chandra
Posted On : 28 Sep 2013 ,5:48 AMNo replies
Headache Post Run
Hello Doctor,

My age is 44 yrs and i am into long distance running since last 6 odd years. I have run couple of Full marathons and many half marathons.

Now a days i feel headache after long runs (15 km plus). I take care to drink sports drink (Gatorade)during the run.

Kindly suggest the cause and remedy for the same.

Thanks & regards.

By, Anurag
Posted On : 23 Sep 2013 ,2:33 AMNo replies
My Knee locked after 20 km running
Pankaj, Age=38, Meniscus removed, Hello sir i have been operated meniscus injuty during 2007 after that i have not done any long exercises but recently i was practising for hyderabad marathon i noticed that after 15-20km ,there is a pain in my knee and after few Km i am not able to bend my knee as there is huge pain in my knee.Sir please tell whwther i can participate in any marathon.Thanks for your cooperation.

By, Pankaj
Posted On : 03 Sep 2013 ,3:43 AM1 reply
Dear Pankaj,

Before you run any further, you need to consult an orthopedic surgeon. There is a chance that your bones may be running against each other due to lack of natural cushioning. please do NOT ignore it and continue running.

Posted On : 20 Sep 2013 ,11:28 PM
Reply by, Doctor
Surgery PUJ Obstruction
1. Age - 28.5

2. Gender - Male

3. Any existing medical condition - I Have Gone Through A Surgery Of PUJ Obstruction With Kidney Mal Rotation On 5th Aug. 2013.
Please Let Me Know Should I Participate In ADHM-2013 (24th Nov. 2013). Please Also Let Me Know The Things I Need To Take Care For The Future.

4. Your running history - Completed 3 Half marathon with a timing of approx 2Hr. (2 in Delhi, one in Hyderabad). I was a regular runner for around 2years but not running from last 6 months.

By, Neeraj
Posted On : 06 Aug 2013 ,10:35 PM1 reply
Dear Neeraj,

You will need to get a clearance from your surgeon before starting exercise. However, once you do, there is no reason why you can't eventually get back to running, and may even be able to take part in the Delhi half marathon. One word of caution- you need to start slowly after a long lay off. That may be a bit frustrating but be patient and take appropriate time in getting back.

Posted On : 11 Aug 2013 ,11:25 PM
Reply by, Doctor
studies say long distance running Ages the heart & heart become older & weak
Dear Doctor,
I want to know the Health Benefits & Dangers of Long Distance Running. Some studies are very critical of the sport of long distance running? How long is a safe distance?
Some studies say long distance running Ages the heart & heart become older & weak?
Age -39 Gender -M Medical condition - None
Running history -Completed the tcs-10k race in 53Min.
Active lifestyle.

Rgds

By, Mani
Posted On : 29 May 2013 ,5:31 AM1 reply
Dear Mani,

Long distance running is absolutely safe and is in fact extremely beneficial for health. Off late, there are a few questions raised regarding the health benefits or adverse effects of ultra distance running- upwards of 100 km a week on a regular basis for example. In such cases, a person to person decision is to be made.
In short, continue running half or full marathon distances without any fear. I am assuming that you will take the necessary tests before starting and will follow a sensible training plan.
If you want more info on running and 'bad events', pl refer to an article I wrote on the subject on my blog:
http://drcontractor.blogspot.in/2013/02/risk-of-death-during-marathon-running.html

Posted On : 11 Aug 2013 ,11:25 PM
Reply by, Doctor
Preventive medical check-up
1. Age - 38 years

2. Gender - Male

3. Any existing medical condition - No known condition

4. Your running history - Been running for about a year now. I ran two half marathons and my weekend long distance runs are now are close to or cross 20KM.

Question: I registered to run my first full marathon in the Hyderabad Marathon to be held on August 25, 2013. I will be grateful to you if you can suggest specific cardiac tests that I should undergo. I am due for full body check-up now and I want to be sure I include specific tests in them, particularly the ones related to heart in the context running a marathon.

-thanks in advance

By, Rama
Posted On : 03 May 2013 ,4:07 AM1 reply
Dear Rama,

A stress test, or better still a 'stress echo' would be a good test to undergo. Please note that the stress echo is a separate test from a plain echo and a plain stress test. It should be done through exercise- tell the doctor you do NOT want a 'dobutamine stress echo'.

Posted On : 11 Aug 2013 ,11:24 PM
Reply by, Doctor
Risk Profiler - Medical Profile of Half Martho Participants
Kindly help me with the list of 20 questions of a medical profile of all participants of the marathon.

I have read about this in news, However didn't received the email.

Regards
Jeetu

By, Jeets
Posted On : 16 Jan 2013 ,10:38 PM1 reply
Dear Jeetu,

Firstly, sorry for the late reply. Due to technical reasons on my end,I was not able to reple earlier.

These questions were mailed to all half and full marathoners. Its possible that the mail went into your 'spam' mail folder. They were about your cardiac health, with questions on signs and symptoms, as well as a cardiac risk score.

Posted On : 22 Jan 2013 ,10:14 PM
Reply by, Doctor
Type 1 Diastolic Dysfunction
Hello Doctor

I am 52 years old Female just detected yesterday with Type 1 Diastolic Dysfunction (2 D ECHO )

I have registered for half marathon.

Would like to ask you if i should go ahead or what advise would you like to give me.

Thanks

Regards

By, Sushila
Posted On : 03 Jan 2013 ,8:03 AM1 reply
Dear Sushila,
Firstly, sorry for the late reply. Due to technical reasons on my end,I was not able to reple earlier.

If you have type 1 diastolic dysfunction, in all likelihood it is not serious and you should be able to run (provided all other parameters are fine). However, you should consult with a cardiologist, to rule out any cardiac abnormality.

Posted On : 22 Jan 2013 ,10:15 PM
Reply by, Doctor
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