Do you need to check in with your doctor before trying a 10K?

“If you have heart disease, or have strong risk factors for heart disease, then it may be a good idea to see your primary care physician before training for long distance running,” says Dr. Vijay Divakaran.

“Risk factors for heart disease include high blood pressure, diabetes, cigarette smoking, abnormal cholesterol levels, being significantly overweight and a family history of heart attacks. If you have been having chest pain or chest discomfort during physical exertion, then it is not a good idea to start long distance running without evaluation by a physician.”

Dr. Vijay Divakaran
Baylor, Scott & White Health – Austin/Round Rock