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World Heart Day: Why Young People Are Prone To Heart Attacks?

World Heart Day is celebrated every year on 29th September to raise awareness about the importance of maintaining a healthy heart and keep it fit. We are well aware that the heart is the most critical organ of our body, pumping oxygen and nutrients to all cells and throw waste out of our body. However, in the modern lifestyle, the heart has become the most ignored organ of our body. No matter how fit you look from the outside if your heart is not fit and healthy, all that fit body will not help you for a long time. You should give immediate attention to any heart trouble as it is linked to your survival (quite literally!) 

In recent years, we all have heard young people dying of heart attacks and what’s a better day than World Heart Day to throw light on the topic and discuss about it. The old generation no longer has the monopoly on cardiac arrest; in fact, young people have taken over as more heart attacks are reported in young adults under the age of 40. You might be thinking, how is this possible? Well, it’s our modern lifestyle and unhealthy habits that are to be blamed for contracting cardiovascular diseases at a very young age. 

Did you know that heart diseases kill around 17 million people every year worldwide? In India, every year, approximately a million people die due to heart stroke. Therefore, it is important to understand what habits to avoid in order to keep your heart fit! 

Hypertension

With our dynamic and hectic lifestyle, the amount of stress that we take has increased a lot. Today, most young people suffer from the problem of hypertension or high blood pressure. High BP is a big contributor to developing coronary diseases as it adds pressure on the artery walls and can destroy the arteries over time. 

Dietary supplements

Are supplements really good for your health, or are they just a marketing facade? Well, this topic is highly debatable. However, excess of anything is bad, and this stands true for dietary supplements as well. Some researches have proved that overdose of calcium and vitamin D can increase the risk of cardiovascular diseases. A lot of studies are going on to determine the role of dietary supplements in heart attacks. 

Over-exercising 

Though working out is extremely important to keep yourself fit and healthy, too much exercise can have a bad impact on your heart. While inactivity, sedentary lifestyle, obesity is also linked to cardiovascular diseases, it doesn’t mean that one should exceed the recommended amount of workout and put themselves at risk of heart failure.

Unhealthy habits

Unhealthy habits like binging on junk food and smoking cigarettes are top risk factors for heart attacks. The number of cigarettes you smoke in a day is directly proportional to the chances of you getting a heart attack. Along with smoking, another habit that increases your risk of getting a heart attack is continuously consuming junk foods, as these foods contain a high amount of trans fat and cholesterol that can lead to cardiovascular diseases. 

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