Puneeth’s BP and heartbeat were normal: Doctor who first examined the actor on Oct 29

Puneeth Rajkumar had visited Dr B Ramana Rao on October 29 after his workout, and complained of tiredness. The doctor referred him to Vikram Hospital after noticing a strain in his ECG.
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The death of Kannada star Puneeth Rajkumar from a heart attack at the age of 46 has sent shockwaves across the state and beyond. According to reports, the actor had gone to the gym on Friday, October 29, and complained of uneasiness before his workout. He continued with his workout and it is suspected that he suffered a heart attack while exercising. After the gym, Puneeth Rajkumar visited his doctor, B Ramana Rao, at 11.20 am. The doctor reportedly said that Puneeth complained about being tired but had no chest pain. But the doctor referred him to Vikram Hospital after noticing a strain in his ECG. 

Speaking to News First, Dr Rao said that he had immediately examined Puneeth when he and his wife Ashwini had walked into his clinic on Friday. Puneeth had completed a workout and had also done some boxing exercises that day, according to the doctor. On examination, Dr Rao found that Puneeth’s blood pressure and heartbeat sounded normal and his lungs were fine. However, he observed that Puneeth was sweating and so decided to conduct an ECG immediately. This was when Dr Rao found a strain in his ECG. “Immediately, Puneeth was shifted to Vikram Hospital,” he said.

Speaking to TV9, Dr Rao said that Puneeth was sent to the hospital in his car, lying down to reduce the strain on his heart. According to Dr Rao, Puneeth reached the hospital within five minutes of leaving the clinic.

When asked about what caused the actor’s quick deterioration, Dr Rao told TV9 that this was called sudden death. According to Dr Rao it is uncertain why this occurs, but he said that it is most likely because the heartbeat becomes very irregular, leaving the heart incapable of supplying blood to the brain and other vital organs. Dr Rao said that when this happens, even if the patient is in ICU it is very difficult to revive them and the chances of survival are very slim.

Dr Rao said that Puneeth had no underlying health issues. “Appu was not diabetic, non-hypertensive, he was not on any medication. With such clean habits and the fact that he was young, I sent him to Vikram hospital with full confidence, thinking that he will be well despite seeing the strain that showed on the ECG,” Dr Rao told TV9.

He further told the channel that sometimes sudden death can occur because of excessive exercise. But he said that he didn't believe this was the case when it came to Puneeth Rajkumar’s death.

“This couldn't have happened to Puneeth because he exercised regularly. He knew that he had to do exactly these many reps, this much boxing, etc. His body was used to it, he didn't put his body through any excessive strain. This has been standard routine for him for many decades,” Dr Rao told TV9. Vikram hospital where he was taken to says Mr Puneet Rajkumar, aged 46 years was brought to Vikram Hospital on 29/10/21 with diagnosis of heart attack with ECG done by a family doctor. "At the time of arrival to the emergency, the patient was non responsive and was in cardiac asystole.Hence, immediate advanced cardiac life support measures were initiated for resuscitation. Inspite of prolonged advanced and aggressive measures, the patient continued to be non responsive and asystolic. The panel of medical experts extended all efforts to save him. He was declared dead at 2.30 pm on 29.10.2021," the hospital said.

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