A heart attack is not an anomaly. It is considered normal, especially in men in their 50s and above. But changing lifestyles are causing a change in how the body reacts to certain things; it is precisely because of these changes that the younger generation is being afflicted with heart diseases earlier than usual.
Young and Healthy
Being young does not necessarily mean you are in good health. Now more than ever, diseases that afflicted older people are haunting those in their 20s and 30s. If you are one of those younger people, you might be living in a bubble, thinking “that’s not me.” But heart diseases are increasingly affecting people as old as you, and you should definitely know why!
One of the leading causes of heart attacks in younger people is obesity. If you are young and overweight, keep an eye out for the warning signs. As younger people continue to work in a cutthroat, stressful environment, problems such as blood pressure, diabetes and cholesterol contribute to increasing incidences of heart attacks.
Causes of Heart Diseases
- Consuming large amounts of fatty, processed food cause plaque to build up in the arteries. This plaque eventually restricts blood flow to the heart and decreases or cuts off the oxygen supply.
- Blood clots formed for various reasons in other parts of the body might eventually make their way to the coronary artery and obstruct blood flow to the heart.
- Abnormalities in the development of coronary arteries might affect the heart
- Excessive smoking and abusing drugs, especially cocaine, has a negative effect on the heart.
- Inflammation of the heart muscle can restrict blood flow and cause a heart attack.
The younger generation should be more aware of the signs of a heart attack to ensure that they are not caught unprepared:
- Chest pressure
- Shortness of breath
- Cold sweats
- Jaw pain and nausea
- Pain in the left arm
- Dizziness / light-headedness
Ignorance Is Not Bliss
You might think you live a healthy lifestyle, but only regular check-ups will confirm that. Eating healthy, exercising, and living a healthy lifestyle can help prevent a heart attack.