Why are middle-aged people in Bengaluru experiencing an increase in heart problems as a result of the pandemic?

Dr. Devi Shetty, a cardiac surgeon, claims that Indians are three times more likely than Europeans and Americans to suffer a heart attack.

In Bengaluru, people aged 20 to 40 have seen an increase in heart-related disorders in the last two to three months, which doctors believe is a post-pandemic effect.

According to Dr. C N Manjunath, Director of the Sri Jayadeva Institute of Cardio-Vascular Sciences and Research (SJICR), the number of heart attacks among young people has increased by 5% in the last few months, compared to pre-pandemic days.

Sr Manjunath told Indian Express that the pandemic put unfair pressure on young people to be too ambitious, seeking to achieve multiple goals in a short period of time, especially during difficult times.

According to a study conducted by SJICR between 2017 and 2019, the majority of young people diagnosed with cardiovascular diseases were habitual smokers, had high blood pressure, and had a family history of heart disease, according to Dr. Manjunath. Other non-traditional reasons, such as stress, pollution, and an unhealthy lifestyle, have also contributed to the rise, and must be addressed immediately.

Dr. Devi Shetty, a cardiac surgeon, claims that Indians are three times more likely than Europeans and Americans to suffer a heart attack. He stated that the young and employed are getting bypass grafts and developing heart-related illnesses at an epidemic rate. Dr. Shetty blamed the surge in heart attacks on smoking, which one begins at a young age.

The surge in instances of myocardial infarction, according to r Praveen Sadarmin, Consultant Interventional Cardiologist at Narayana Health City in Bengaluru, is attributable to processed food intake, alcohol usage, and smoking, as well as Covid-induced stress being a major role. In the last quarter, Narayana Health City Hospital admitted at least seven patients every month owing to heart attacks.

Dr. Sreekanth B Shetty, Senior Consultant and Head of Interventional Cardiology at Sakra World Hospital, discovered that the majority of his patients complained of pay cuts, job losses, reduced physical activities, weight gain, and missed check-ups for heart-treated ailments among family breadwinners.

Work from home lifestyles have increased work pressure, hours of work, few or no breaks in between, disrupting sleep habits, and producing unnecessary stress, according to Divya Marina Fernandes, Consultant, Interventional Cardiology and Heart Failure Specialist, Aster RV Hospital. She counselled young people to create a work-life balance, which she defined as 30 minutes of exercise five days a week.

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