Recent years have shown a steep increase in incidents of heart attacks in younger adults. This fact has changed the existing concepts people had age group which could have a heart attack. The earlier prevalent notion amongst general population had it that only the elderly population, aged above or around 50 years were prone to these. But gradual increase in the count of young adults suffering cardiovascular acute conditions has shifted the paradigm. At present around 20 percent of overall heart attack cases can be mapped to population under 40 years of age.From the year 2000 till 2016, the heart attack rate in the age group of 20 to 40 years has increased by 2% every year.Sounds alarming!

Come, let’s check the details of increasing heart attack incidents in youngsters, with cardiac experts from the best Heart Hospital in Noida.


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What is a Heart Attack?

It is a cardiovascular emergency condition that usually arises due to obstruction in blood flow to the heart muscle. In such state, due to lack of oxygen, the heart muscles begin to die. Heart attack, if intercepted earlier, this damage to the heart muscles can be minimised and the person’s life can be saved.


Young adults are the people in age group of 18 to 39 years.


Why Are They Becoming Increasingly More Prone To Heart Attacks?

People in this age group usually complete their education, enter professional phase of life, expand their social networks, and get into relationships, build a family, and establish financial goals for their life.As per our doctors which include the best Cardiologists in Noida, all the above could be stressful. Unhealthy, sedentary lifestyle and a few other factors, when coupled with these, become a potent combination responsible for increasing heart attacks in young adults.

Common risk factors for heart attack in adult youngsters include: 

  • Poor/unhealthy Lifestyle
  • Excessive drinking and smoking
  • Being overweight
  • Stress
  • Hypertension
  • Diabetes

Most Common Signs and Symptoms of a Heart Attack:

  1. Feeling of pressure, tightness, or pain in the chest and/or arms radiating to the neck, back, or jaw.
  2. Nausea, abdominal discomfort, heartburn, and indigestion.
  3. Shortness of breath or Difficulty in breathing.
  4. Cold sweats.
  5. Light-headedness or Dizziness
  6. Fatigue


Cardiologists from all across the globe, used to think about primary and secondary prevention when it comes to heart attacks. Primary and Secondary prevention indicate attempting to prevent the first heart attack and then attempting to prevent the second heart attack.

But recent times have seen evolution of the idea of primordial prevention. This refers attempting to prevent the progression of the risk factors for causing heart attack, themselves.

Primordial prevention aims to change the lifestyle, social and environmental conditions which could develop and progress risk factors. These includes things we have control over-

  • exercising
  • eating nutritious and balanced diet
  • staying away from smoking
  • managing stress and blood pressure.

Primordial prevention involves bringing awareness and education about what behaviours could put people at risk for a heart attack, as well, such as Obesity and unhealthy Body Mass Index (BMI), Poor diet, lack of exercise or sedentary lifestyle, type 2 diabetes, High blood pressure, high cholesterollevels, history of smoking,family history of cardiovascular diseases.

We, as the best Cardiology Hospital in Noida, take pride in having an expert team of super specialised cardiologists who encompass each of the steps from primordial prevention to secondary prevention as needed to provide the best of cardiac care to our patients, helping them lead a healthy, happy, and long life.

Besides Obstruction In Blood Flow What Could Cause A Heart Attack?

Other causes of heart attack include:

  • Coronary artery spasm
  • Some infections – COVID-19, as recently much evident has been seen to cause damage to the heart muscle, leading to heart attack in survivors of this viral infection.
  • Spontaneous Coronary Artery Dissection (SCAD). This is caused by a tear inside a heart artery and is a life-threatening condition.

Prevention of Heart Attack

Our team of the best Heart Specialists in Noida, guide and help our patients to take steps to prevent a heart attack. The ways to prevent a heart attack include simple steps inclusive of-

  • Following a healthy and active lifestyle. 
  • Quitting on smoke.
  • Maintaining a healthy Body Mass Index with a heart-healthy diet, reduced consumption of sodium & salt.
  • Regular exercise and stress management.
  • Managing other health conditions including high blood pressure and diabetes.
  • Taking medications as per directions of the doctor. 


Recent years have shown the world that there is no definitive age bracket to suffer a heart attack. Hereditary reasons being beyond one’s control, only the kind of lifestyle one chooses to live, dietary habits, workout routines or physical activity levels, management of stress and other co-morbid health conditions like Diabetes and Hypertension, could prove of immense significance in reducing one’s chances of experiencing a heart attack.

Could you relate to the above? Are you having any of the aforesaid risk factors in your life? We suggest you to please do visit us, and let our expert Cardiologists help you in leading a heart-healthy life.

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