Why are Heart Attacks Increasing in Young Indians?

A recent study published in the European Heart Journal has shown that there is an increase in heart attacks in young people. This is due to an increase in risk factors such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, obesity and smoking. Additionally, the study found that young people are less likely to receive medical attention for their heart attack as they may not recognize the symptoms. To reduce the risk of heart attacks in young people, it is important for them to lead a healthy lifestyle and to be aware of the signs and symptoms of a heart attack. Additionally, it is important for healthcare providers to pay extra attention to the risk factors of young people, as they may be more likely to experience a heart attack.

There are many risk factors that can increase the chance of a young person having a heart attack. These include smoking, obesity, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes. Other factors include a family history of heart attacks, a sedentary lifestyle, use of certain medications, and substance abuse.

There are also certain life-style changes that can help reduce the risk of a heart attack in young people. These include eating a healthy diet, exercising regularly, maintaining a healthy weight, avoiding tobacco, and limiting alcohol consumption. Additionally, young people should be aware of their family history and seek regular medical advice.

Heart attacks are becoming increasingly common among young Indians, due to a range of lifestyle factors. Poor diet, lack of physical activity, smoking, and excessive alcohol consumption can all contribute to an increased risk of heart disease and heart attack. Other factors such as stress, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes can also contribute to the risk of a heart attack in young Indians. It is important to take steps to reduce the risk of a heart attack, such as eating a healthy diet, exercising regularly, avoiding smoking and excessive alcohol consumption, and managing stress. Additionally, regular checkups with a doctor can help to identify any potential risks and take steps to reduce them.

For creating the awareness on Heart Attacks, Asian Institute of Medical Sciences is celebrating Heart month and organized a First Public lecture in Faridabad on Early Detection of Heart Attacks by internationally acclaimed Cardiologists & Cardiac Surgeon.

World Heart Day was created in 2000 to inform people around the globe that heart Attacks and stroke are the world’s leading cause of death, claiming 17.3 million lives each year and the numbers are rising.

Diseases that are related to the heart and blood vessels are called cardiovascular diseases (CVDs). Cardiovascular diseases would be the largest cause of death and disability in India by 2020 as per a World Health Organisation (WHO) report. With an ever-increasing number of Indians suffering from heart Attacks, a drastic change in lifestyle and eating habits is an alarming situation with a special focus on youth.

The average age of people with heart ailments is coming down. The next five to 10 years around 20 percent of the Indian population would be affected. According to Dr. Subrat Akhoury Director- Cath Lab Interventional Cardiologist and Head (Unit-II), Asian Institute of Medical Sciences, Faridabad, In India 30 lakh people suffer from the heart attack and approx 15 lakh die every year out of which 15% of them die before reaching to the hospital and most of them are in the productive years of their age. Many young professionals today have an odd working hour that leads to stress and on top of it, the indulgence in smoking and drinking has worsened the situation. Such lifestyle results in high blood pressure, obesity, diabetes, etc. leading to heart ailments.

The good news, however, is that 80% of premature heart attacks and strokes are preventable. Healthy diet, regular physical activity, and not using tobacco products are the keys to prevention.

The focus of Asian Institute of Medical Sciences is on how to educate youngsters to lead a healthy lifestyle. “Dr. Subrat Akhoury said that efforts should be made to stop leading an unhealthy lifestyle which may lead to cardiovascular disease later. Tobacco in every form is very harmful to health, The risk of heart attack and stroke starts to drop immediately after a person stops using tobacco products, and can drop by as much as half after one year.

Salt is the major factor that increases blood pressure and is therefore responsible for many strokes and heart attacks every year. It is estimated that the average Indian consumption of salt is 8 g/day, a reduction of 6 g of salt per day would reduce coronary heart Attacks by 20 to 35%. Stress is a part of life today and you can’t avoid it, but half an hour of walk or exercise at home or office, five days a week can do wonders,” Dr. Subrat Akhoury, Director- Cath Lab & Interventional Cardiologist and Head (Unit-II), Asian Institute of Medical Sciences.

The education and guidance should begin early. Physical exercise, avoiding junk and oily food and not smoking are some of the steps that must be adopted by people.



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