Heart may be Wrong even on Right side of 40

Heart attack symptoms are often confused with gastric problems

Gurgaon/ New Delhi: Right side of 40 is no more right for the heart.

World Heart Day may be an occasion to make a mentality of being always conscious of heart health.

Heart crisis is occurring in twenties and thirties in high number.  So, perish the thought that heart events like heart attack occur only in forties and thereafter. Heart may be wrong even on the right side of forty meaning in lesser years.

Despite evidence to the contrary, we in India are oblivious of dangers to the heart before 40. The problem is confounded by gastric symptoms. A heart attack is often confused with these symptoms and in the wake of the dilemma, gold hour is lost.

Statistics are that in India about 50% of heart attacks happen in people aged less than of 55. About 25% of all heart attacks occur under the age of 40. People are increasingly falling prey to sudden heart attacks at younger age.

The problem is many people experiencing chest pain confuse it with gastritis or similar problems. This prevents them from seeking immediate medical help thereby delaying diagnosis.

Talking to Medicare News, Dr Praveen Chandra, Chairman, Interventional Cardiology at Medanta in Gurgaon, said, ‘A sedentary lifestyle including consumption of unhealthy food can lead to a host of diseases such as diabetes, obesity, and hypertension. These are some of the common risk factors behind a heart attack. Lack of knowledge about the symptoms of heart attack often causes delay in handling the situation. This can aggravate the damage and even prove to be fatal in some cases. Recognizing the symptoms at an early stage and administering immediate medical attention can help in saving many lives. Apart from anything else, it is imperative to bring about certain lifestyle changes, which can go a long way in preventing heart attacks.”

During a heart attack, a person can experience a sharp and constricting pain in the centre of the chest. This radiates to the left side of the body, particularly the left arm, to the back, and between the two shoulder blades. It can also spread to the chin and cause jaw discomfort. All this can make the person sweat profusely, a condition known as diaphoresis.

Dr Chandra further said, “Timely diagnosis and treatment is imperative during a heart attack. It is important that physicians also be trained to recognize any such symptoms right at the onset.’

There are many treatment options today which can help in preventing any further damage to the heart post a heart attack. Some of these include thrombolysis, angioplasty and stent implantation, bypass surgery, defibrillators, and implantable cardiac defibrillators. Most of these are carried out in the cardiovascular system, are less painful, have less risk of infection, and take less time for recovery.

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