Heart ailments affecting the young -World Heart Day

As changing lifestyle takes its toll, healthy living only way to prevent it

Heart ailments are striking at an early age in the land known to guzzle dairy products and alcohol with equal zest. People as young as 28 years of age have suffered cardiac arrest and undergone surgery for heart diseases.

Men are at higher risk of suffering from cardiac arrest than women of the same age-group. "This is because until menopause sets in, most women do not suffer from any heart problem," said cardiologist Dr Gursewak Singh Gill.

Dr RK Jindal added that in the pre-menopausal phase, ovarian hormones are known to have some protective mechanism against the occurrence of blockages in the heart, thereby protecting the young women from heart ailments.

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