Trinidad Express / A year ago Dr Everold Hosein suffered a heart attack. He underwent surgery got a stent in one artery and a pacemaker.
On Sunday last, Hosein, a Trinidadian, finished his 33rd New York City (NYC) Marathon, a distance of 26.2 miles.
Last November Dr. Hosein was running his 32nd NYC Marathon but quit after nine miles.
He was running of out of breath too frequently and was at the very back of the pack of 50,000 runners. There was no chest pains. He was just out of breath too quickly. Two days later he found out he was having a heart attack and got a stent and a pacemaker.
The attending cardiologist said, “Your next marathon should be faster!”.
He was relieved that he did not have to give up running. After a few weeks of cardio rehab where they encourage you to keep exercising, Hosein was back to running short distances. In a few months, he started training for his consecutive 33rd NYC Marathon.
His 33rd Marathon was not faster but it was slow and steady. Dr. Hosein completed it in 7 hours 40 minutes. His fastest was 4 hour 22 minutes 30 years ago.
Asked why did he feel he needed to run a full Marathon after a heart attack, Hosein said, “I suppose I wanted to see what the heart was capable of after a heart attack. The doctors said my heart was in good condition and that was due to my years of running. The heart attack caused no damage to the heart. I definitely wanted to keep on jogging. And my 33rd NYC marathon became my goal. My training was going well. And I thought we’ll see how the heart deals with the Marathon. It performed superbly. The marathon was a bit wet but nice temperature. And I felt fine throughout the 7 hours plus.”
Hosein stressed the importance of exercise for good health. “I hope we can get more folks in Trinidad and Tobago to at least walk 30 minutes a day five days a week. It is our only hope for reducing diabetes and cardio vascular diseases in TT.”
Cardio vascular disease is one of the leading causes of death in Trinidad and Tobago, according to the WHO.
He cautioned however: “If you have had a heart attack, talk to your doctor about how much exercise is appropriate and whether a Marathon is appropriate!”
The next morning after the Marathon Hosein was flying to Uganda for an assignment with the Government of Uganda.
Hosein was born in California, Trinidad. He attended Presentation College, San Fernando where he never took part in any sporting activities except one game of football.
He is a Senior Communication Consultant with the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) and works on getting people to exercise as a major strategy for reducing the incidence of diabetes and cardiovascular diseases. He is also an Adjunct Professor at New York University.