Ep 131: Heart Health with Dr. Aashish Contractor, Director, Rehabilitation Medicine and Sports Medicine at Sir H.N. Reliance Foundation
In this episode of Run with Fitpage, we have a very special guest with us – Dr. Aashish Contractor. Our host, Vikas, and Dr. Aashish discuss all about the human heart, the risk factors, and various preventive measures for runners.
Dr. Contractor has been the head of the department of preventive cardiology and rehabilitation at the Asian Heart Institute from its inception in 2002, till June 2014. He had the distinction of being part of the Asian Heart team which 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. He is widely recognized as the pioneer of cardiac rehabilitation in India and set up the first telemetry monitored center in the country in Mumbai in 2001. On the academic front, Dr. Contractor has worked and trained in the United States, under the leading experts in his field. He completed his medical training at the TN Medical College, Mumbai and post-graduate training at the University of Virginia, USA. He has several international scientific publications, both in textbooks as well as journals. His current research interests include mobile healthcare delivery (m-Health) in cardiovascular medicine as well as the role of genetics in the prevention and treatment of disease.
He is the Vice-Chairman of the International Council of Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation, which includes 21 countries around the world. 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. Dr. Contractor has been the Medical Director for the Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon, since its inception in 2004. He did a non-stop Mumbai-Pune-Mumbai cycle ride (329 km) with two friends and in the process raised 1.1 crore rupees for children with cancer in April 2012.
About Vikas Singh:
Vikas Singh, an MBA from Chicago Booth, worked at Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, APGlobale, and Reliance before coming up with the idea of democratizing fitness knowledge and helping beginners get on a fitness journey. Vikas is an avid long-distance runner, building fitpage to help people learn, train, and move better.
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