Number of heart patients below 40 yrs is up: Experts

FPJ BureauUpdated: Thursday, May 30, 2019, 12:17 PM IST
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Number of heart patients below 40 yrs is up: Experts |

Mumbai: Healthcare providers have said that it is important for people to go in for preventive check up to detect heart conditions so that it is not too late to detect these problems and treat them.

According to Dr Saurabh Goel, consultant cardiologist, Cumballa Hill Hospital, said that he had a recent case of a 37-year-old man who had severe chest pain and other symptoms. “It was revealed through examinations that he had 95% critical block in one place and had to undergo an angioplasty,” he said.

The cardiologist said that there has been an increase in the number of patients below 40 years who are having heart problems and this is a new trend. “The number of patients below 40 years who have heart problems has gone up and it is now around 20-25 % and this is definitely a cause for worry,” he pointed out.

Medical sources said that the entire Indian sub continent region, which includes India, Pakistan and Bangladesh suffer from premature coronary artery heart disease. “The reason for this is that the diameter of the arteries in Indians is among the smallest in the world and this causes the blockage to happen very fast,” a senior doctor said. There are also lifestyle issues like eating junk food and obesity and therefore Indians are more prone to getting this problem. There is a tendency in Indian men to on weight around the stomach and this is a major cause for blood pressure and cholesterol.

Dr Goel pointed out there is a serious need for doing preventive check ups and there are several screening tests and blood tests that can be done by patients. “In any case, going for these check ups on a regular basis turns out to be far cheaper compared with going for treatment of heart ailments,” he pointed out.

In fact, even women are now more prone to getting heart ailments since they are exposed to same stress and strains of modern life like others. “They are exposed to work pressures and have to meet their deadlines, and this puts them under a lot of stress,” another doctor said.

“Those women who have diabetes are also at a risk of getting heart problems since this condition disturbs the lining of the artery walls,” Dr Goel said. Something like smoking is also bad for women and they must also try to keep their sugar levels, blood pressure and cholesterol under check, he suggested.

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