Heart Attack Among Youth Cause Worry
NDTV
Sep 11, 2021

Heart attacks among the youth have created a lot of panic. Watch our latest video to learn about its warning signs and tips to prevent it.

Bigg Boss 13 winner, actor and model Sidharth Shukla died of a heart attack on 2 September leaving his fans and the acting fraternity in shock. Actor Mandira Bedi’s husband, Raj Kaushal also passed away on 30th June. Both these men were very young and their cause of death was the same. A heart attack. People above the age of 65 are more at risk for it but these days even people below the age of 50 are getting it. A heart attack is a condition in which the flow of the blood to the heart is blocked. There can be several possible reasons behind the blockage. The most common cause is  accumulation of fat, cholesterol and other substances, known as a "plaque build-up" in the arteries. Doctors say there is an increase in heart attacks among people in their 30s and 40s due to an unhealthy diet or lifestyle. Factors such as high blood pressure, family history, diabetes and poor cholesterol levels among the youth are causing it. Smoking is also a big reason for heart attacks. 

Signs and symptoms of a heart attack to watch out for:

  • Tightness, pain and pressure in chest

  • Nausea, heartburn

  • Shortness of breath

  • Fatigue, anxiety or sweating

  • Cold sweat

  • Uneven heartbeat

The severity of these symptoms may vary from person to person.

Tips to reduce heart attack risk : 

Doctors recommend regular screenings and tests for blood pressure, diabetes, blood sugar and cholesterol to avoid heart attacks. Unhealthy diet, sedentary lifestyle, smoking and high pollution levels are some of the reasons why India is becoming the centre of heart disease in the world. Nothing beats a healthy lifestyle. This means, eating a healthy diet rich in whole grains, vegetables, fruits, nuts, whole nuts, seeds. Limit the consumption of oils and fats like trans fats. It is important to incorporate exercise to your routine, ideally 30 minutes five times a week. These healthy practices can result in 20-25% reduction in the risk of heart disease.