Puneeth Rajkumar, Kannada superstar, passed away on October 29 at the age of 46, due to a heart attack. He developed chest pain in the morning, after which he was rushed to Vikram Hospital, Bengaluru, in a serious condition.
Heart attacks are becoming more common in the younger age group than it was a decade ago, Dr Subhendu Mohanty, head and senior consultant, cardiologist, Sharda Hospital, Greater Noida, told indianexpress.com earlier. Patients with diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol should keep these health issues under control and consult a doctor regularly, he said.
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Dr Sanjay Kumar, director and head, Department of Cardiology, Fortis Escorts Hospital, Faridabad, said, “Some of the common risk factors are increase in smoking, family history of heart disease and diabetes. Indians are more prone to heart attacks as compared to others around the world, the lack of physical exercise being one of the predominant reasons.”
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At the same time, over-exercising can also be harmful, says Dr Kumar. “It is well documented; even in marathon runners, there are more cases of heart blockages. After 40, cardio is the best form of exercise. Severe forms of exercises can lead to rupture of minor plaque leading to heart attacks.”
According to the 2019 National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) data, the number of deaths due to heart attack increased between 2014-2019 by 53 per cent.
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Difference between cardiac arrest and heart attack
Dr Kumar explains, “Cardiac arrest refers to the irregular beating of the heart leading to death. In a heart attack, maximum deaths occur in the first hour and most of it is due to irregular beating of heart. Today, most of the people are saved once they reach hospital. But in the first hour, when you do not realise you are experiencing a heart attack, an irregular beating at that time can take your life.”
Cardiac arrest can also occur because of other causes like weak heart, change in electrolyte levels, says the doctor. “So, cardiac arrest, per se, does not mean heart attack. However, heart attack is one of the most common causes of cardiac arrest.”