Mumbai Marathon: ‘We are well equipped to handle any kind of medical emergency’

With the Tata Mumbai Marathon round the corner, organisers of the marathon are taking precautionary steps, for the benefit of the participants. A dedicated team of doctors at the Asian Heart Institute is gearing up for the grand event to be held on January 21, 2018


  • The Asian Heart Institute (AHI) has been the medical partner for the Mumbai Marathon for the past fourteen years in succession.
  • From AHI, 70 rehabilitated cardiac patients (13 half marathoners and 57 dream runners) are participating in the marathon this year.

Dr Ramakanta Panda, Vice Chairman, Cardiovascular and Thoracic surgeon, Asian Heart Institute, Mumbai says, “Like every year, we are well equipped to handle any kind of medical emergency in the shortest time possible. The whole team at the AHI is more than glad to contribute state-of-the-art facilities and services for the marathoners.”

A cardiac rehab involves adopting heart-healthy lifestyle changes to address the risk factors for a cardiovascular disease. This includes adopting a healthy lifestyle which involves exercises, education and training for a healthy heart.

“A lot of patients with cardiac problems, post-surgery believe that their life will never be back to normal. Hence, we train them in cardiac rehabs to help them get out of these misconceptions. Only thing they need is be under proper supervision,” said Dr Nilesh Gautam, senior interventional cardiologist, head of department of preventive cardiology and rehabilitation, Asian Heart Institute. Additionally, he is also the medical director for the Marathon this year.

AHI’s state-of-the-art facilities and services during TATA Mumbai Marathon 2018 are:

  • 500+ volunteers from AHI (including 200+ medical staff)
  • 11 ambulances (each with a doctor and a nurse to ply on the entire route)
  • 8 ‘mobile medics’ (doctors on motorbikes for the entire route)
  • 11 aid stations all along the route
  • 2 base camps (of 40 and 20 beds each)