Heart attack victims getting younger and younger

Too young for a heart attack? There’s no such thing any more…

But he was so young…

That’s what most people think when they hear about their friend, relative, loved one, or acquaintance who’s recently suffered cardiac arrest.

We all expect that it should take a LOT of years of smoking, drinking, and eating your way to Heart Attack City for your ticker to finally give out like that… right?

But a new study confirms that even if you think you or someone you love is too young to worry about a heart attack, you may be wrong.

According to the latest research, people who are suffering the deadliest and most disabling heart attacks – the STEMI (ST-elevation myocardial infarction) – are younger than ever before.

For the study, the medical records of STEMI patients were analysed over the course of 20 years. During that time, the average age of a STEMI patient dropped four years – from 64 years old to 60.

Now, four years might not seem like much – but if that trend were to continue, our grandchildren could start dropping like flies before they’re well into their 50s.

Most STEMI cases occur as a result of multiple risk factors – most commonly, those I like to call “The Big Three.” There’s obesity, the prevalence of which shot up from 31 per cent to 40 per cent of STEMI patients; diabetes, which was on the rise from 24 to 31 per cent; and high blood pressure, which skyrocketed from 55 to a whopping 77 per cent!

In fact, according to the study, more than three quarters of STEMI patients have MORE than three risk factors – and those numbers keep going up as well.

And smokers are especially at risk. Even though the national rate of smoking is declining, the rate of STEMI patients who smoke has gone up from 28 to 46 per cent.

And although genetics does play a role – and one that’s pretty much out of your control – researchers say your family history does not guarantee one way or another whether your heart will give out on you.

It’s important to do everything you can to manage risk factors, such as:

• Eating a natural, protein-rich diet without refined sugars or carbs and with plenty of nutrients to keep your heart ticking like a champ.

• Starting an exercise routine that you enjoy and that you can do just about every day.

• Quitting smoking cigarettes (and don’t bother vaping). If cold turkey doesn’t work for you, I’ve seen in my own practice that acupuncture can actually help.

Wishing you the best of health,

Dr. Glenn S. Rothfeld
Nutrition & Healing
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Heart Attack Patients Getting Younger and More Obese, cbsnews.com/news/heart-attack-patients-getting-younger-more-obese/

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