Are you planning to run a marathon? You should get your heart health tested first

Consultant cardiologist Dr. Navin Chandra explains why you should get your heart health tested before running a marathon.

Any form of exercise is fantastic for your health and mental wellbeing in general, and that includes going for brisk walks or even long-distance and endurance sports. Particularly with marathon running, we sometimes forget that this is one of the most ultimate tests of endurance activity in sport, and it shouldn’t be taken lightly.

Even an experienced runner, in my opinion, should have their heart tested to check that there are no concerns with the heart, from a structural and functional perspective. The tests will also ensure the heart’s working well and that you’re in good shape to proceed with a high-intensity endurance activity…

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The heart is similar to any muscle in the body.

The heart needs to be looked after and trained appropriately. It needs to be able to handle being pushed when you need to push it. I think doing that in a safe, sensible way by having it checked out by a specialist in the field is a very good way of starting that process.

I strongly urge you to take our heart disease online self-test to assess your risk of developing heart disease in the future. It will take you less than five minutes and will give you a good idea if you are at increased risk and whether or not you need to see a specialist.

About the cardiologists

The Many Beats team consists of not one, but four highly experienced consultant cardiologists

Dr Navtej Chahal

Consultant Cardiologist

PhD FESC FACC

Navtej is a Consultant Cardiologist at Many Beats. He also consults at the London Northwest NHS Trust and the Royal Brompton Hospital, London having qualified from Guy’s and St Thomas’ Medical School in 2001. He is an Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer at Imperial College London

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Dr Navin Chandra

Consultant Cardiologist

MD, MRCP, MBBS, BSc

Navin is a Consultant Cardiologist at Many Beats. He is also a Consultant Cardiologist at Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust and an Honorary Consultant Cardiologist at Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation Trust. He qualified from Guy’s, King’s & St. Thomas’s in 2004...

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Dr Ahmed Elghamaz

Consultant Cardiologist

FRCP, MB BCh

Ahmed is a Consultant Cardiologist at Many Beats. He also consults at Northwick Park Hospital and London North West Healthcare University Hospitals NHS Trust and is an Honorary Consultant Cardiologist at Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation Trust. He completed his junior…

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Dr Joban Sehmi

Consultant Cardiologist

BSc, MBBS, MRCP, PhD

Joban is a Consultant Cardiologist at Many Beats. His NHS practice is at West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS trust. He sees patients privately at Spire in Bushey and Bishops Wood Hospital in Northwood. He trained in medicine at Guy’s and St. Thomas’ medical school and qualified in 2003 with numerous academic awards…

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