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Accidents and personal safety in Hong Kong

Man dies 15 hours after passing out while running on treadmill in Hong Kong

  • The man died in Caritas Medical Centre in Sham Shui Po at 11.55pm
  • Emergency services were called to Physical Fitness Centre on 10th floor of Cheung Sha Wan Plaza earlier in the day
PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 28 November, 2018, 4:00pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 28 November, 2018, 8:07pm

A 61-year-old man in Hong Kong died on Tuesday night, 15 hours after he passed out while running on a treadmill at a fitness centre.

The man, surnamed Wong, died in Caritas Medical Centre in Sham Shui Po at 11.55pm, according to a government spokeswoman.

Emergency services were called to Physical Fitness Centre on the 10th floor of Cheung Sha Wan Plaza at about 8.50am earlier that day.

“A member of staff said the victim collapsed while running on a treadmill,” a police spokesman said.

Wong was taken unconscious to the nearby Caritas Medical Centre where he was admitted in a critical condition.

According to police, the man had been ill. No further details were available. A police spokesman said initial investigations found nothing suspicious.

On Tuesday, a fitness centre employee declined to comment on the case, citing customer privacy concerns.

Former Hong Kong Medical Association president Dr Gabriel Choi Kin said healthy people may have hidden health problems such as heart disease and hypertension, and running on a treadmill or doing vigorous physical exercise could cause an overload and trigger cardiac problems.

“Having a check-up is necessary to test whether they are suitable for physical exercise,” Choi said.

Lobo Louie Hung-tak, associate professor at Baptist University’s Department of Sport and Physical Education, said people should get a medical examination as a precaution, especially those who have a family history of heart disease and experience with chest pain or discomfort or shortage of breath.

He said those who do not get enough sleep or had not eaten enough before working out could develop health problems. He added that those suffering from flu were advised not to do physical exercise.