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*SAP India CEO Ranjan Das Dies After Gym Workout*


Ranjan Das, CEO and MD of SAP-Indian subcontinent died after a massive cardiac arrest in Mumbai recently.

One of the youngest CEOs, he was only 42.


*What killed Ranjan Das?*


He was very active in sports, was a fitness freak and a marathon runner.


After his workout, he collapsed with a massive heart attack and died. He is survived by his wife and two very young kids.


It was certainly a wake-up call for corporate India. However, it was even more disastrous for runners.


The question arises as to why an exceptionally active, athletic person succumbed to a heart attack at 42 years of age.


*What is the real reason?*


Everyone missed out a small line in the reports that *Ranjan used to manage with 4-5 hours of sleep.*


In an earlier interview of Ranjan on NDTV in the program ‘Boss' day out’, *Ranjan Das himself admitted that he sleeps less and would love to get more sleep.*


*Short sleep duration (<5 or 5-6 hours) increases risk for high BP by 350% to 500%* compared to those who slept longer than 6 hours per night.


*Young people (25-49 years of age) are twice as likely to get high BP if they sleep less.*


*Individuals who sleep less than 5 hours a night have a 3-fold increased risk of heart attacks.*


Just one night of sleep loss increases very toxic substances in body such as Interleukin-6 (IL-6), Tumour necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-alpha) and C-reactive protein (CRP). They also cause cancer, arthritis and heart disease.


Sleeping for <=5 hours per night leads to 39% increase in heart disease.

Sleeping for <=6 hours per night leads to 8% increase in heart disease.


*What is ideal sleep?*


In brief, sleep is composed of two stages: REM (Rapid Eye Movement) and non-REM. The former helps in mental consolidation while the latter helps in physical repair and rebuilding.


*No wonder when one wakes up with an alarm clock after 5-6 hours of sleep, he/she is mentally irritable throughout the day (lack of REM sleep).*


And if somebody has slept for less than 5 hours, the body is in a complete physical mess (lack of non-REM sleep), the person is tired throughout the day and immunity is way down.



Barring stress control, Ranjan Das did everything right: eating proper food, exercising, maintaining proper weight. But he missed getting proper and adequate sleep, minimum 7 hours. That killed him.


*We are playing with fire if we are sleeping less than 7 hours even if we have low stress.*


Do not set your alarm clock under 7 hours.


Ranjan Das is not alone.


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DR.N Siva

*(Senior Cardiologist)*


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Thanks for sharing this report!

Its obvious that maintaining a healthy lifestyle will increase the possibility

of a longer life,but nothing is certain.

Some people drink and smoke thru all their lives,and they still get a hundred years old.

I just think its important to not "overdoing" things in life.We all know carrots are healthy,

but eaten five kilos a day,may not be so.Same goes with everything else.

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Further down in that same article in the comments section is, IMO, a more practical answer to why this young man died.


Cause of death in Rajan Das case could be Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy , a genetic condition preexisting in many YOUNG people that can lead to cardiac arrest and sudden death. This should be confirmed first before coming to unscientific conclusions given in this article. No study is properly reported in this article. As a doctor I don’t think the cardiologist mentioned in this article is real.
Also I would recommend to test Rajan’s children to rule out any signs of Cardiomyopathy.
Exercise improves sleep and reduce CRP; reduces stress and improves heart health. So the chance for Rajan to have high level of CRP is not true.
Studies have shown that CRP has no association with Sleep loss. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17702268 .
Some studies have also shown that exercise reduces CRP and Interleukin-6 except in people who have Type 2 diabetes. But benefitted diabetic patients by improving insulin sensitivity.
Exercise is always a must. Enough sleep is always necessary. Too much sleep is a disorder that needs treatment. Rajan Das never said he has sleepless nights to conclude that he had sleep deprivation. He could never have done all the marathon exercises without sleep. That shows he had adequate sleep for his body. Also he had sufficient rest during the weekends.
My comments are to prove that sleep loss is not the exact cause of death in Rajan Das case and the article is not scientifically substantiated.
Dr.Jojy Cheriyan

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Sleep Loss and Heart Disease


One 2008 study from the University of Chicago found a link between shortened sleep and increased coronary artery calcification (calcium deposits), "a good predictor of subsequent coronary artery disease," says researcher Diane Lauderdale, PhD, professor of epidemiology at the university's Pritzker School of Medicine.


Lauderdale's study also revealed that shorter sleep predicted worsening hypertension (high blood pressure). "For most people, blood pressure falls at night," she says, "so it could be that with shorter sleep it's just not enough for that dip to take place."


But can you reverse this trend? Researchers aren't sure. Part of the reason is that sleep's effects on the heart are a relatively new area of study. Another is that measuring sleep is complicated. Many sleep studies rely on self-reporting, which may not always be accurate. Having your sleep measured objectively involves wearing an activity monitor, which "very likely changes your usual sleep," Lauderdale says.


Bottom line? "It's pretty safe advice for the majority of people that sleeping less than six hours a night is probably not good," Lauderdale says.


How Sleep Helps the Heart


How can getting enough sleep protect your heart? Sleep expert Phyllis Zee, MD, PhD, explains.


Good-quality sleep decreases the work of your heart, as blood pressure and heart rate go down at night.

People who are sleep-deprived show less variability in their heart rate, meaning that instead of fluctuating normally, the heart rate usually stays elevated. "That is not a good sign," Zee says. "That looks like heightened stress."

Lack of sleep can increase insulin resistance, a risk factor for the development of type 2 diabetes and heart disease.

Shortened sleep can increase CRP, or C-reactive protein, which is released with stress and inflammation. "If your CRP is high, it's a risk factor for cardiovascular and heart disease," says Zee. Shortened sleep also interferes with appetite regulation. "So you may end up eating more or eating foods that are less healthy for your heart," Zee says.



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Sleep is critical. The image most people have in mind of sleeping being a low energy expenditure period of rest is flawed. When you sleep your body needs and uses a lot of energy because that is when a lot of the growing and repairing processes take place.


If you don't get enough good quality sleep a lot of the repairing processes just do not get done. You can imagine the affect over weeks or months.


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