The internet has been flooded with articles and stories about how the stressful lifestyle of youngsters and their poor eating habits is playing havoc with their health. But, there doesn’t seem to be much change to be seen and youngsters are still leading a stressful and unhealthy life.
The sudden and shocking death of a 24-year-old Radio Jockey (RJ) in Nagpur due to heart attack on Thursday is once again an alarming warning about the seriousness of the problem and how it is high time that serious action and steps need to be taken to ensure that the new generation does not fall prey to stress and poor eating habits.
“Heart disease is no longer restricted to the middle-aged and old. These days, we see many youngsters with heart disease,” said Dr Sudhir Pillai, cardiologist, PD Hinduja hospital.
In the recent past there have been cases of young people suffering from heart attack and dying. 30-year-old TV actor Abir Goswami and 20-plus Kannada actor Hemanth had died after having suffered a heart attack.
Pillai said long working hours, sedentary lifestyle and unhealthy eating habits are major risk factors to this trend. “High blood pressure and arterial blockages in younger people are getting common. In most of these cases, it is the high stress levels and sedentary lifestyle that’s responsible,” said Dr Ganesh Kumar, cardiologist, Dr LH Hiranandani hospital.
It is said that one in every 20 people over 40 years of age suffers from coronary heart disease in Mumbai. Of these, 75 per cent go undetected until the person suffers a heart attack.
A World Health Organisation (WHO) report too says that four people die of heart attack every minute in India and the age group is mainly between 30-50.
Doctors advise that people with a family history should consult doctors and go for regular health check-ups. “If a person has a family history of heart disease and has high risk factors like obesity, high blood pressure and diabetes, Doctors advice that people with a family history should consult doctors and go for regular health check-ups.
“If a person has a family history of heart disease and has high risk factors like obesity, high blood pressure and diabetes, regular health check-up is advisable,” said Dr Ajay Chourasiya, cardiologist at BYL Nair hospital.