Deadly ‘medicine’ that at­tacks kabaddi play­ers’ hearts

Med­i­cal ex­perts find af­ter co­caine, mephen­ter­mine is sec­ond such drug that causes car­diac ar­rest

HT Ludhiana Live - - Front Page - Tarsem Singh Deogan tarsem.deogan@hin­dus­tan­times.com LUD­HI­ANA:

A medicine that doc­tors say is fa­tal to life is bla­tantly be­ing con­sumed by kabaddi play­ers in the re­gion, rec­om­mended by the se­niors.

Mephen­ter­mine that is com­monly in­jected into body by play­ers for "in­creased strength and stamina" is a prob­a­ble cause of car­diac at­tacks, say med­i­cal ex­perts.

This pos­si­bil­ity has come to light in the wake of re­cent cases where a few kabaddi play­ers have ex­pe­ri­enced heart at­tacks im­me­di­ately af­ter con­sum­ing the medicine.

Though deputy chief min­is­ter Sukhbir Singh Badal has been pro­mot­ing kabaddi by in­tro­duc­ing the sport at in­ter­na­tional level and or­gan­is­ing Kabaddi World Cup, but the sorry tale of most of the kabaddi play­ers has been drain­ing the sports sprit.

Two kabaddi play­ers, whose iden­ti­ties have been con­cealed by the medics, went through an­giog­ra­phy with stent in Hero DMC heart in­sti­tute in the past two years due to the dose of mephen­ter­mine.

The drug abuse has marked full stop on their ca­reer that could be in­ter­na­tional level. Ac­cord­ing to doc­tors, af­ter ma­jor surg­eries the kabaddi play­ers have been ad­vised to dis­con­tinue the sport.

With the two fresh case his­to­ries, med­i­cal ex­perts of Hero DMC Heart In­sti­tute came to a con­clu­sion that af­ter co­caine, mephen­ter­mine is the sec­ond such drug that causes heart at­tack.

The fact was un­known to med­i­cal ex­perts be­fore the fresh cases.

The ex­perts have also ini­ti­ated a de­tailed study about the drugs caus­ing car­diac ar­rest.

A 22-year-old kabaddi player from Barnala was brought to Hero DMC heart in­sti­tute di­rectly from a tour­na­ment.

The health of the young player was sink­ing so the doc­tors had de­cided to per­form an­giog­ra­phy with stent on him. Even­tu­ally, the life of the bud­ding player was saved.

As there was no other rea­son of car­diac ar­rest for a young man, who has very good health and is just 22 years old, so the doc­tors en­quired from him.

Af­ter putting up too much ef­forts and coun­selling, the youth told that he took a dose of mephen­ter­mine just be­fore 15 min­utes of the tour­na­ment. Soon af­ter in­ject­ing 1.5 ml dose of the drug, he felt sick with se­vere pain in the chest.

He was rushed to DMC hospi­tal di­rectly from the tour­na­ment.

The cor­re­spon­dent dis­guised as the medic en­quired the things from the kabaddi player on the pre­text of fil­ing his med­i­cal his­tory report.

The player told that he took the drug for the first time. He was in­tro­duced to the drug by one of his se­niors who had handed him over two vials of mephen­ter­mine.

Dr Gur­preet Singh Wan­der, chief car­di­ol­o­gist of Hero DMC Heart In­sti­tute, said over­dose of the drug could claim life.

"Around 20 days ago, an­other pa­tient around 25 years old was ad­mit­ted to DMC hospi­tal with the same con­di­tion and un­der­went through an­giog­ra­phy with stent. He was also a kabaddi player. He had also in­jected a dose of mephen­ter­mine, but as per the state­ment of the player, he had taken the dose around 24 hours back from de­vel­op­ing the prob­lem, so the case re­mained mys­tery for us, but this case has con­firmed the drug abuse be­hind the car­diac ar­rest," said Dr Wan­der.

JS GREWAL/ HT

Vials of medicine that caused the car­diac ar­rest of the two kabaddi play­ers.

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