VISAKHAPATNAM: Youth in the city are paying the price of urbanisation. This sentiment is widely shared by a majority of cardiologists. The reason for such an assessment is the alarming regularity in cases in which youngsters between 20 and 40 years of age are admitted to hospitals with heart attacks, most cases of which are fatal.
Earlier, the average age of persons suffering from heart attacks was 40 years. At present, the age has come down to below 40 years. On an average, a cardiologist treats at least five to six young patients, who need angioplasty, a surgical process that involves opening blocked arteries.
A vital fact that everybody forgets is that blockage in the arteries starts once a person crosses teenage. “Smoking, diabetes, high lipid content in blood, obesity, inactivity, unhealthy diet and stress are the prime reasons that cause heart ailments among younger people,” opines senior interventional cardiologist, Dr GSR Murty, Care Hospitals, Visakhapatnam.
Stating that the increase of tobacco addiction has spiked heart ailments in youth, he said: “Smoking is also a big reason for the young to fall prey to heart attacks. A majority of the young who have heart attacks are smokers.”
Junk food is also a by-product of urbanization. “More often than not, food courts are filled with rather obese and overweight children and teenagers, who are addicted to these kinds of food. That is not at all healthy. Too much of such food can turn very serious for the young,” he said.
Dr Murty has also observed that most of the youngsters falling prey to heart attacks are highly educated. “They are educated but unfortnately unaware of some risks that come with junk food. It is very important that the public be aware of these problems and consequences of unhealthy life style,” the cardiologist added.
by Dr GSR Murty Sr Interventional Cardiologist, Care Hospitals