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Just like respiratory issues, cardiac problems were on the rise especially in youngsters this year. In a few years, India may have the highest percentage of cardiac patients worldwide due to the country's rapidly increasing annual rate of heart illness. Although the number of heart attacks and other cardiac problems is higher in urban than rural regions, it is still important to respect every life, regardless of location, and appropriate awareness is needed in all areas. In an exclusive interaction with TheHealthSite.com, Dr. Sonam Shinde, Consultant Interventional Cardiologist, Medicover Hospitals said, "Personalized treatments, public awareness initiatives, and early diagnostic testing must all be prioritized in a complete heart health strategy. 2024 calls for a plan of action to curb the mortality and morbidity rates due to heart attacks in the country."
Let's explore more data on what went wrong in India in 2023 when it comes to heart health issues, and what we should look forward to in 2024.
In the landscape of health, the assumption that heart attacks are primarily a concern for the elderly has long prevailed. Heart attacks and sudden cardiac arrests (SCA) among young people have increased alarmingly in recent years, causing doubt on the myth that cardiovascular disease mostly affects the elderly. Several studies have reported a significant increase in the number of deaths resulting from sudden cardiac arrest in people under the age of 50. This shows how critical it is to give heart health the timely attention and preventive care that it needs.
Factors contributing to the alarming rise in cardiac arrest (SCA) and heart attacks among youth are multifaceted and complex. The contributing factors include:
The disturbing trend of heart attacks highlights the need for regular cardiac screening in 2024
COVID has also been linked to an increased risk of cardiac issues in affected patients adding concern to the pressing issue. One of the most concerning aspects is the occurrence of heart issues in younger individuals with no identifiable risk factors. This emphasizes how critical it is to educate young people about Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) and promote frequent health check-ups. The significance of early cardiac screenings cannot be emphasized enough as they offer the potential to prevent any future heart emergencies. They are important in creating personalized preventive measures and managing rehabilitation programmes for youth at high risk, promoting a proactive approach to heart health. Clinicians world over suggest incorporating ECGs and echocardiograms into early physical evaluations, especially with a family history of SCA. Depending on your clinical profile and the findings of the study, an advanced cardiac examination might be required.
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To put an end to this concerning condition effectively, a comprehensive strategy is needed, among which stressing screenings is just one aspect. Concurrent efforts to encourage:
It is necessary to shatter the misconception that heart problems are confined to the elderly. The time has come to reconsider our views on heart health and to consciously work towards educating the younger generation about preventative care, regular screenings, rehabilitation, and lifestyle modifications.
To improve and strengthen the future for the next generation, fostering the mindset of preventive cardiac wellness management is one way that we can all collaborate to lower the increasing risk of SCA and heart attacks among young people. For integrating preventative and lifestyle modification into society, especially for the younger generation, collaboration between healthcare professionals, practitioners, and communities is necessary. Incorporating prevention and healthy lifestyle education into society, especially for the young generation, is necessary.
Also through research and technology advancements such as telemedicine and mobile healthcare units can extend treatment options, easy diagnosis, and quality care that can support emergency cardiac conditions. We can better protect the next generation of young people against the early stages of SCA all through collective efforts.