Inspiring Saga: This Renowned Doctor Has Been Participated In Mumbai Marathon For 15 Years

Mumbai: Numerous experts join the Mumbai marathon to support various noble causes such as organ donation, and raising awareness about liver and lung diseases, Covid-19, or stroke. However, Dr. Chetan Shah, a cardiologist at Zynova Shalby Multi-Speciality Hospital in Ghatkopar, has been participating in the marathon for the past 15 years with a specific focus on promoting heart health. His primary goal is to demonstrate that staying physically fit after undergoing Angioplasty and bypass surgery is achievable and to debunk the misconception that it’s impossible. Each year, approximately 10-15 post-angioplasty and post-bypass surgery patients undergo cardiac screening before joining him in the race covering 21 kilometers. This doctor’s story serves as an inspiration and challenges the notion that exercising after angioplasty and bypass surgery is ill-advised.

The Mumbai marathon is not just a race but it’s a vibrant carnival that brings together people from all walks of life. What sets this event apart is the active participation of doctors and patients alike, all united in their purpose to promote health causes. For doctors and healthcare professionals, their involvement in the marathon goes beyond just physical activity, it’s a powerful statement advocating for better health practices and raising awareness about various medical conditions. Alongside them, patients who have triumphed over their health battles take center stage, inspiring others with their resilience and determination. One encouraging story is of Dr Chetan Shah, a cardiologist at Zynova Shalby Multi-Speciality Hospital in Ghatkopar who has been participating in the Marathon for the past 15 years to highlight how to exercise after angioplasty and bypass surgery.

Dr Chetan Shah said, “While it is believed that running or exercising after angioplasty and bypass surgery is dangerous, the truth is quite the opposite. Regular physical activity can significantly improve the overall health and well-being of individuals who have undergone angioplasty or bypass surgery. Even studies have confirmed that engaging in moderate exercise like walking, cycling, or swimming can help patients recover faster, strengthen their hearts, and reduce the risk of future cardiovascular issues. Exercise has been proven to positively impact mood and mental health, which is crucial for those recovering from major surgery. Staying physically active can help maintain a healthy weight and reduce the likelihood of developing other chronic conditions such as diabetes and high blood pressure. We as doctors need to debunk the myth that post- angioplasty and post-bypass patients should avoid exercise and instead encourage them to establish a suitable workout routine based on their individual capabilities and recovery progress. With the right guidance and support, physical activity forms an integral part of rehabilitation after angioplasty or bypass surgery.”

Dr Shah added, “I pledge to stay committed to improving the quality of life of patients after angioplasty or bypass surgery as they have the right to live a normal life. Over the years, I have encouraged my patients to participate in the marathon. Before the race day, we conduct every patient’s cardiac screening Those who are found to be fit can only participate in the race. During the race, the patient’s BP is monitored along with adequate hydration. I feel proud to see my patients following instructions and completing the race, defying previous beliefs about exercising post-angioplasty or post-bypass surgery. So, exercising after the angioplasty or bypass is feasible, provided it’s done under medical supervision and going for regular cardiac screening with all health parameters in check.”

“It’s hard to believe that just a few months ago, I was lying on the operating table undergoing angioplasty surgery. The road to recovery was long and arduous, filled with uncertainty and fear. But against all odds, I not only survived but thrived. And today, I stand before you as a proud finisher of a marathon race. This year I am going to run a half marathon. This year I am going to run a half marathon. The journey from the hospital bed to the marathon finish line was not easy. But, Dr Shah gave us the confidence and motivation to bounce back after the surgery and resume a normal life like before. Don’t believe any myths, it is possible to start exercising after the bypass surgery,” Concluded post angioplasty Patient Amubhai.