Heart Attack is a disease that generally affects people who have crossed a minimum of 40 years in their life span. Times are changing and so does the diseases. Now, a new study finds heart attack is also more common in people below 40 as well.
This study also added a worrying statistics in which the proportion of people below 40 having a heart attack has been increasing, rising by 2 percent each year for the last 10 years.
Ron Blankstein an Associate Professor at Harvard University said that it used to be incredibly rare to see anyone under the age of 40 come in with a heart attack/stroke. Heart attack in youth is very rare but some of the people who suffered a stroke are only in their 20s and early 30s.
Importantly, the younger patients who suffered a heart attack but survived have the same likelihood of dying from another heart attack or stroke as survivors over 40 years old.
Still, the majority of the heart attack occurs due to the traditional risk factors like diabetes, high blood pressure, smoking, family history of premature heart attack and high cholesterol. People who use substance abuse like marijuana and cocaine were more the reason behind the increased heart attacks in younger patients.
In order to Conduct this study researchers included a total of 2,097 young patients. The findings of this study will be presented at the American College of Cardiology’s 68th Annual Scientific Session in New Orleans.
Researchers found that the group of young patients had more spontaneous coronary artery dissection — a tear in the vessel wall, which tends to be more common in women especially during pregnancy.
Ron Blankstein also suggested that Good habits like avoiding tobacco, regular exercise, heart-healthy diet, weight loss if overweight, managing blood pressure and cholesterol which is highly recommended in case of overweight, controlling diabetes if required, and staying away from substance abuse need to be maintained for a good heart.