The risk of heart disease is increasing in youth due to an unbalanced lifestyle

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The Heart Clinic

PUNE: Our heart is one of the most important organs as it delivers oxygen and nutrients to our cells and also removes waste products. Any sign of heart trouble should be taken seriously as it is linked to your longevity and survival. It is important to eat right, exercise, stay away from smoking and alcohol and avoid junk food to avoid getting heart diseases.

Cardiovascular diseases (CVD) are a group of disorders of the heart and blood vessels that include coronary heart disease, cerebrovascular disease, rheumatic heart disease, and other conditions. More than four out of five CVD deaths are due to heart attacks and strokes, and one-third of these deaths occur prematurely in people under 70 years of age, according to World Health Organization (WHO).

Every year World Heart Day is celebrated on September 29 to spread awareness about cardiovascular diseases and reduce the global disease burden. Heart health has assumed significance in the COVID era as there is a rising trend of sudden heart attacks and even people between the ages of 40 to 50 are affected by it. A faulty lifestyle, unhealthy diet, heavy smoking, or cardiac history may be contributing to the rising heart troubles in young people.

On the occasion of World Heart Day Dr. Madhusudan Asawa, Director of ‘The Heart Clinic said, Many people feel that heart diseases affect only those over 50 years of age, but the truth is they can strike anytime from childhood to early twenties. Here are other common myths about heart diseases busted by cardiologists.

Some Myths & Facts

Myth 1: Young people need not worry about heart diseases. Heart diseases affect people who are more than 50 years of age

Fact: Heart diseases nowadays are not impacted only by age. They also happen in young adults. As early as childhood and adolescence, plaque can start accumulating in the arteries and later lead to clogged arteries. Obesity and Diabetes Mellitus Type-2 are several factors that can cause heart diseases even in young and middle-aged people.

Myth 2: I am young. I can eat junk food. I don’t need any exercise as I am completely fit.

Fact: Unhealthy food and an inactive lifestyle are dangerous for young adults. Youngsters should know that how they live now will definitely affect their risk for cardiovascular diseases later in their life.