Recently, celebrities like Danish footballer Christian Eriksson (29), television actor Siddharth Shukla (41) and actor Puneet Rajkumar (46) died of heart attack. The news of this sudden death stunned everyone. The discussion has once again intensified on the possible causes of such deaths of young and physically fit people.
Although stress and lifestyle are one of the main causes of heart attack, The Better India Talks to Dr. Rajneesh Sardana, Senior Cardiologist, Fortis Hospital (Vasant Kunj) for more details.
Dr. Sardana explained, “When the blood supply to the heart muscle is cut off, or there is some kind of blockage in it, it begins to coagulate the tissues, due to which the tissues of the heart cells die. and damages the heart muscle. Its symptoms are chest pain and heaviness. During this time, if there is no immediate relief, there will be permanent damage to the heart.
Why are so many young deaths happening due to heart attacks?
Answering this question, Dr. Sardana says in one word, “Lifestyle”. He says that ‘lifestyle’ is one of the main reasons for the increase in cases of heart attacks among the youth. He explains, “In Western countries, the number of young people suffering from heart attacks is decreasing, while in developing countries it is increasing. This is because we are adopting many such habits which were wrong in the western world and rapid urbanization is adding to these bad habits equally fast.”
“We (Indians) are relatively smaller than Western populations or Caucasians, and our hearts and arteries are smaller in size,” he says.
Stress, smoking and early diabetes also make young people more vulnerable to heart diseases.
heart attack symptoms
- Chest pain The pain that accompanies tightness in the chest, gradually starts moving down in your hands as well. It can be on either side of the chest, right or left.
- During this, sweating continues for more than five to ten minutes.
Whenever you notice these symptoms, immediately go to the hospital for an ECG to rule out a heart attack. Sardana says, “We have also seen heart attacks in people as young as 22, so don’t ignore any symptoms and always get tested immediately.”
Could too much exercise be the cause?
Dr. Sardana said, “Workout and excessive gymming are also believed to be the reason for most of the people, but this is not 100% true. People who already have heart problems or who have had any heart related problems during COVID, should start exercising at a slow pace. If they suddenly do intense exercise, it can lead to a lack of oxygen.” It usually occurs in people with pre-existing heart problems. It is very important that after recovering from COVID or any other disease, you do easy exercises and start working in a phased manner. Very vigorous exercise should be avoided.
In conclusion, he says, “Keep in mind the early signs and symptoms of a heart attack. Avoid smoking and include such habits in your lifestyle, which will help you stay healthy. Apart from this, also make sure that you get a good night’s sleep and get enough sleep.
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Original article: Vidya Raja
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