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Think You're Too Young for a Heart Attack? Think Again!

India woke up to the unfortunate news of actor Sidharth Shukla’s untimely demise due to a massive heart attack on 2nd September. He was 40! Isn’t that shocking? Millions adored him for his fit body, great acting skills, and young warm smile! 

Despite being wrapped with health and fitness goals, and gym routines, we lost a talented man! It has certainly revealed a shocking trend of increasing heart attacks among young adults.



All of us believe that we have plenty of time before we need to think about heart health and heart attack! However, over the years, the rate of heart attacks among young people has doubled and people in their 20s, 30s, and 40s are falling victim to it.


According to researchers, when 28,000 people hospitalized for heart attacks were studied from 1995 to 2014, they found that the rate of heart attacks in patients ages 35 to 54 has increased from 27% to 32%.


Taking good care of your heart in your 20s, 30s, and 40s will protect your heart and ensure a  longer, healthier future. At IndiCure, we ensure to provide useful information on health and wellness. Our esteemed doctors help us with this.


So, here we have a blog that focuses on sudden heart attacks and how you can lower your risk of having one.


All about sudden heart attacks


Sudden heart attacks can strike abruptly and be absolutely fatal. Experts believe that many adults experience warning signs and symptoms related to the heart attack days or weeks before the actual occurrence.


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A sudden heart attack is a massive shocker for the body. Unfortunately, there's no particular age for a person to get it. More and more people in their 30s and 40s, otherwise marked to be healthy ages are losing their lives to heart predicaments.


Some of the most pressing warning signs of a sudden heart attack that may require immediate attention are:


  • Chronic and recurrent chest pain

  • Pressure or pain triggered by some activity (which feels better when a person rests)

  • Pain extending to the shoulders or jaw

  • Lightheadedness

  • Nausea

  • Indigestion

  • Sweating

  • Fatigue


One of our doctors says, “the rise in sudden cardiovascular complications is largely due to the changing modern lifestyles and sedentary habits, which were never so prevalent before. Increased stress is another important risk factor for a heart attack, especially during this pandemic. It is difficult to measure stress and therefore it is important to manage it through lifestyle modifications.”


Let’s know some of the key points on how to manage the occurrence of an early heart attack.


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Lower your blood pressure: Blood pressure above normal in young adults can cause heart problems later in life. Make sure to check your blood pressure at least once a year. One should consult your doctor immediately if the blood pressure is higher than 120/80, even on a single reading.



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Lower your cholesterol: Elevated cholesterol levels increase the risk for heart disease and stroke in young adults. Some of the culprits for high cholesterol are obesity, a diet with high sugar content, and lack of physical exercise. Maintaining dietary and lifestyle modifications can bring your cholesterol levels under control. Start by reducing the intake of saturated and trans fats, and get your body moving. If there is a need, your doctor might even prescribe you medications.

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Quit smoking: We all are aware that smoking causes severe issues, including lung cancer. But very few know that smoking is dangerous for your heart health and one may have a heart attack at an early age. Smokers are two to four times more likely to get heart disease. So, if you are a young smoker, make a commitment to quit before it's too late.


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Reduce stress: Although stress is an unavoidable part of life, it can be fatal in some cases. It can lead to certain factors that can increase the risk of heart diseases, such as high blood pressure and cholesterol, lack of physical activity, and even overeating. Maintaining a positive attitude towards life, yoga, meditation, having a healthy diet, and exercising can keep you away from stress and enjoy a heart-healthy life!



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Maintain a healthy weight: Obesity rates in young adults are rising. The leading causes of preventable and premature death are obesity-related conditions like heart disease and stroke. Two of the best weapons to fight against obesity and heart disease as a young adult are - a healthy diet and physical activity. Have a diet full of nutrient-rich foods like vegetables, whole grains, fruits, fish, poultry, and nuts. Also, aim for at least 150 minutes of physical activity per week.


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People with a family history of hypertension or heart issues should monitor their health through annual screening from their mid-30s.


For an in-depth insight into simple strategies that can keep your heart healthy, check out this amazing blog: 


10 Simple Strategies To Keep Your Heart Healthy!



The Last Word


It is never too early to begin taking care of your heart. As our cardiologists say, preventing a heart attack boils down to minimizing the risk. Take the necessary steps and enjoy your life!


If you have any queries or concerns regarding heart health and heart diseases, IndiCure is here to help you! We offer video consultations with the best heart doctors in India who will answer all your questions to your satisfaction. All you have to do is send us an email at info@indicure.com or call us on +91 9320036777.


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