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In our new podcast episode we speak with Dr. Tamanna Singh a marathoner and cardiologist at the Cleveland Clinic about how runners can be proactive about their heart health. Plus we’ll tell you about a 100 mile virtual challenge you can complete between now and the end of the year.
Interview with Tamanna Singh
Dr. Tamanna Singh (pictured left) is the Co-Director at the Sports Cardiology Center and Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University; Section of Clinical Cardiology, Department of Cardiovascular Medicine. She’s also a listener to the MTA Podcast and one of our coaching clients working with Coach Nicole Hart.
We had the privilege of meeting Tamanna at the Revel Kulia Marathon in January. Good times!
- Tell us how you got started running? What made you want to take on the marathon distance?
- You’re a cardiologist and co-director of a sports cardiology center. Tell us about the type of patients that you interact with in your job.
- We’re going to be talking a lot about the cardiovascular system. For those who aren’t familiar with medical terminology, tell us what is generally referred to by the term cardiovascular system?
- We know that cardiovascular exercise is healthy for the heart. In fact, running and other aerobic exercise is often referred to cardio. But many runners probably don’t know that they can still be at risk for cardiovascular disease. Have you seen this lack of awareness in your sports cardiology clinic?
- Unfortunately nearly every year there’s at least one case of a runner who was previously thought to be in good health having a massive coronary event during a race. Sometimes the runner is very young so it’s especially shocking. What’s often going on in these cases?
- What are some of the risk factors that may be pointing toward an underlying cardiovascular problem? Have you seen the tendency of symptoms that may be attributed to aging which are ignored because the person has high performance in their fitness?
- What are red flag symptoms that shouldn’t be ignored? Do you see any age or gender related variations?
- What should a person do if they feel like their symptoms are being dismissed?
- What kind of education and counseling is important if a person is at risk of heart disease or has symptoms of heart disease?
- You follow a plant based diet. Have you done this long term or is it something that you started doing as a result of what you see in your medical practice?