Do you take a healthy diet and exercise? If yes, then why are you still at risk of a heart attack?
Heart attack in young adults in India: Nowadays youngsters at their peak productive age (30s and 40s) are succumbing to heart disease. Even celebrities who are very particular about their diet and exercise are becoming prone to heart attacks and sudden cardiac arrest. This means people in their 30s and 40s are the new high-risk categories for heart attack.
Young Indians are becoming victims of sudden heart attacks – The recent incidence of Siddharth Malhotra is an eye-opener for us.
Let us try to understand the reasons why healthy youngsters who are well aware of physical activity and its health benefits are becoming victims of heart attacks.
What are the reasons for higher incidences of heart attacks in Youngsters?
The number one reason for heart attack in almost 8 out of 10 cases, is a blockage in the heart – in the other 20% of cases, there could be a different reason.
A clot in the lungs can stop oxygen to the heart and can lead to cardiac arrest.
Intake of toxic drugs in large amounts can stop heart functions suddenly.
Sometimes, even viral infections like COVID-19 can lead to cardiomyopathy (an undetected weak heart muscle can generate an irregular signal).
In some cases, undetected congenital heart defects can manifest abruptly and lead to heart attacks.
What causes heart attacks in young people?
Many youngsters don’t realize that they have been living with some blockages in their arteries unless they get sudden heart attacks. Sudden heart attacks in youngsters are due to undetected blockages, a carefree attitude, and lack of symptoms.
Heart problems in young adults’ symptoms: weakness, fatigue, chest discomfort, and breathlessness with moderate physical activity are the warning signs of heart problems in young adults. Many people tend to ignore these signs
Why do Heart-related problems go undetected in youngsters?
Heart-related problems remaining undetected in young people is a very serious problem. The problem has become serious in people who exercise regularly and who never had experienced any heart-related symptoms – such as chest pain, breathlessness, and fatigue. More than 30% of youngsters don’t report any symptoms even with up to 70% of blockages. In some cases, they report only a few vague symptoms – such as fatigue. There are several cases of young people in their 30s being diagnosed with blockages up to 70% in their arteries. A majority of youngsters in these cases are the ones who come for a routine health check and a few others are those who get tested before surgery. This means heart disease detection has now become a chance event rather than a choice event.
If you look healthy and take all sorts of precautions to remain healthy and prevent heart disease, still you should not remain carefree about your heart’s health. I recommend you to take care of your stress levels as you take action to regularly check your cholesterol and triglyceride levels.
Are you Damaging your Heart with a High-pressure Lifestyle?
Obesity, diabetes, and a high-pressure lifestyle are the major issues to tackle to prevent heart attacks at a young age – these are the major factors responsible for damaging your heart – and also the prominent causes of sudden death in young adults.
When should you undergo heart disease screening?
Many people regularly ask this question to me: Sir, when should we undergo testing for heart disease. I tell them that Indians are genetically predisposed to coronary heart disease at an early age – so is the case with Asians. Therefore, those who are above the age of 35 should undergo an annual cardiac check-up. In addition, there are some additional tests that can help pick up heart blockage at an early stage – which will help prevent sudden death due to heart attack.
If you still have concerns pertaining to your heart, its health, and the prevention of heart attacks at an early age, then meet me personally for a routine cardiac health check-up and preventive measures. To know more about the rising incidences of a heart attacks in young adults in India, Also Read: ”