Why Have Heart Diseases Become So Prevalent in Young People?

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Actor Sidharth Shukla’s untimely death due to cardiac arrest at the age of 40 has left the entire country shocked. People are wondering how something like this could happen to a physically fit guy. According to the experts, heart attacks among young age groups are increasing alarmingly.

The heartthrob actor Sidharth Shukla died of a heart attack at 40 on September 2, 2021, in Mumbai. Sidharth’s death has drawn attention to the increasing number of heart ailments among people in their 30s and 40s. The cases of conventional heart diseases are increasing in young people. Heart ailments prove fatal in young patients with traditional risk factors including diabetes, family history, high cholesterol level and blood pressure.

Looking Fit Doesn’t Mean Healthy

Medical experts stress the fact that looking fit does not mean that you are healthy. Going to the gym does not comply with leading a healthy lifestyle. The lifestyle has become unhealthy in recent times, including excessive stress, poor sleep, the peer pressure of having a perfect body, slimming pills, and excessive exercise. These detrimental activities cause multiple health complications that lead to sudden heart failures. According to medical surveys and reports, stress is the primary reason for heart complications. The stress could be related to anything, including work, relationships and finance. Fitness freaks keep stressing about their diet and calorie intake, mistaking it for a healthy lifestyle. Other factors like smoking, alcohol further add to this.

The Experts’ Opinion

Dr Mukesh Goyal says, “Fitness and health should not be confused with each other. They are entirely different. You can achieve fitness by going to the gym, but not health”. Dr Goyal is a senior consultant, a cardiothoracic and vascular surgeon in the Indraprastha Apollo Hospital, New Delhi. He further adds that this does not mean that you should not go to the gym. Instead, after the age of 25, schedule a regular health checkup with a doctor of your choice. Dr Mukesh suggested that focusing on a healthy diet, avoiding smoking, alcohol and stress can tremendously reduce the risks of cardiac arrests.

Experts believe that young people often ignore discomfort or mistake it for gas, which generally proves fatal. Youngsters do not expect any blockage in their hearts and do not go for regular checkups. One must learn that the body changes as we grow and responds differently, making it essential to know what is happening inside.

Warning Signs of Heart Problems

One may not always get warning signs. However, by taking precautionary steps when the warning signs appear, one can reduce fatality. Notice any breathlessness or discomfort in the chest, arm or jaw, uneasiness or heavy feeling in the chest while doing physical exertion. These signs can be warning signs. Patients with a family history of heart diseases, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol are high-risk. Such patients must undergo regular physical health checkups and change their lifestyles. Regularly feeling dizzy and light-headed is a sign of lowered oxygen saturation levels. Immediate consultation with a doctor is advisable on noticing these signs.

Has Covid-19 a Relation with Underlying Heart Issues?

Doctors suggest that covid-19 tends to cause underlying heart injury such as myocardial inflammation. Therefore, after recovering from covid-19, one must undergo regular screening of their heart. Patients must begin exercising slowly only after a go-ahead from their doctor. However, the patients should not try any heavyweight training for about two weeks after recovery. Coronavirus has an undeviating effect on the lungs. Therefore, supplementing workouts with a diet that boosts immunity and healthifies lungs is advisable.

Recognising risk factors and taking measures early on time play a significant role in preventing a cardiac arrest. In today’s world, it is strenuous to avoid stress. However, it is essential to manage it through lifestyle modifications.

Ankita Gautam
Ankita Gautam
Ankita Gautam aka AnkiTam, is an Educator, who learns by reading and expresses by writing. She has been an avid reader, writer, speaker, learner, and observer ever since. A science background could never stop her from grasping the nitty-gritties of fashion, technology, and trending news. She finds her solace in magazines and newspapers. Being an ambivert, she is blessed to be flexible in knowing when to talk and when to listen. She is an opinionated personality with an optimal level of compassion and empathy. She can be easily found entertaining people with her wordplays and also with her wry sense of humor. She is a pantomath, who wants to know everything.

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