'Younger generation, women more prone to heart diseases'
New Delhi: With the nation was mourning the demise of one of Indian cinema's legendary actors Sridevi – who died of a cardiac arrest – on Sunday, Millennium Post took the task of ascertaining how and why there has been a rise in heart ailments and who are more prone it.
Shockingly, senior cardiologists stated that women and youngsters are more likely to die after experiencing their first heart attack.
"The risk of heart disease increases with ageing due to lifetime's worth of exposure to risk factors. But these days, such factors have been majorly seen in young people, as they remain physically inactive on a regular basis. In case of women, hormonal protection is present till the age of 45.
"After that, they become more vulnerable to heart diseases as their natural (hormonal) protection goes away. So women need to be more cautious after they cross the age of 45," said Dr Praveen Chandra, Chairman, Department of Interventional Cardiology, Medanta group of Hospitals.
Discussing the increasing risk of heart diseases among the younger generation, Dr. Chandra said, "There is no specific age group which is prone to heart diseases. But generally, the symptoms are seen in people aged above 30-35 years. High mental stress, sedentary lifestyle and improper diet are the high risk factors contributing majorly to cardiovascular diseases among the people of this age group".
Dr Chandra further told Millennium Post that cardiac disorders are hereditary too.
"Inherited conditions can be passed through the families. The risk for heart disease and stroke increases when a person in a family has suffered a cardiac disease or heart failure below the age of 50 years. The risk of getting heart-related issues are higher for younger generations of the family" Dr. Chandra added.
Experts also say that having too much stress, for too long, is bad for one's heart.
"Being overstressed is one of the reasons contributing to heart ailment. Unhealthy habits such as smoking, alcohol and taking drugs or medicines without consulting doctors also increases the risk of cardiac disorder or related issues" said Dr Deepali Batra, Clinical Psychologist, Max Hospital.