25 Years old diagnosed with heart attack in Noida’s Felix Hospital

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Monu Kumar ( Name Changed ) was driving his cab two
days ago, when he felt severe pain in chest, thinking it to
be gas, he took local medicines. When the pain did not
subside, he went to Felix Hospital Noida, where doctors
were amazed to diagnose a heart attack. The surprising
aspect was, that Monu was only 25 years old.

Indians around the globe have the highest rates of premature coronary artery disease (CAD), with clinical manifestations occurring about 10 years earlier than in other populations. Incidence and mortality rates for CAD are 50−300% higher among overseas Indians compared with compatriots. India is undergoing an epidemiological
transition and is on the threshold of an epidemic of cardiovascular disease. An estimated 1.3 million Indians died from CAD in 2000. The projected death from CAD by 2015 is 2.95 million, of which 14% will be 30 years, 31% will be 40 years, and 50% will be 50 years of age. From 1970−2000, CAD prevalence in India has increased by 300%.
Currently, 10−12% of urban Indians have CAD compared to 3% of the US population.
Overall, cardiovascular diseases (CVDs) accounted for around one-fourth of all deaths in India in 2008. CVDs are
expected to be the fastest growing chronic illnesses between 2005 and 2015, growing at 9.2% annually A more worrying fact is that the incidences of CVDs have gone up significantly for people between the ages 25 and 69 to 24.8%, which means losing more productive people to these diseases.

In a case of heart attack, it is very important to correctly diagnose it and take urgent medical care.
Very commonly people mistake it as gas and delay seeking
medical advice says cardiologist Dr Nishith Chandra.
While some people have no symptoms, others experience angina (dull,
heavy to sharp chest pain or discomfort), pain in the neck/jaw/throat or pain
in the upper abdomen or back. These may occur during rest, begin during
physical activity, or be triggered by mental stress.
Sometimes heart disease may be silent and not diagnosed until a woman
experiences signs or symptoms of a heart attack, heart failure, an
arrhythmia, or stroke.
High blood pressure, high LDL cholesterol, and smoking are key risk
factors for heart disease. About half of Indian (49%) have at least one of
these three risk factors.
Several other medical conditions and lifestyle choices can also put people at a
higher risk for heart disease, including:
• Diabetes
• Overweight and obesity
• Poor diet
• Physical inactivity
• Excessive alcohol use
To reduce your chances of getting heart disease it’s important to
• Know your blood pressure. Having uncontrolled blood pressure can result in
heart disease. High blood pressure has no symptoms so it’s important to have
your blood pressure checked regularly.
• Talk to your healthcare provider about whether you should be tested
for diabetes. Having uncontrolled diabetes raises your chances of heart disease.
• Quit smoking.
• Discuss checking your cholesterol and triglycerides with your healthcare
provider.
• Make healthy food choices. Being overweight and obese raises your risk of
heart disease.
• Limit alcohol intake to one drink a day.
• Lower your stress level and find healthy ways to cope with stress.
• About 15% of people who have a heart attack will die from it.
• Having high blood pressure or high blood cholesterol, smoking, having
had a previous heart attack or stroke, or having diabetes can increase
your chance of developing heart disease and having a heart attack says
Dr DK Gupta, CMD Felix Hospital.

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