A Different Kind Of HEARTBREAK
Her World Malaysia|September 2018

Statistics show that there is a steady increase in the number of incidences of heart attacks and heart failures among adults below 55 years of age.

Look up information on heart attacks and you’ll notice that the risk factor rises sharply with age, with women aged 55 years and above most at risk (for men, it’s 45 and above). Now, however, younger people are increasingly noticing something wrong with their heart. “In the last five years or so, I’ve seen an emerging trend in cardiovascular diseases in the younger population. Previously with heart attacks, we’ve only seen it happen with patients who are 55 years and above,” says Dr Yap Swee Hien.

Q What are the causes of heart attacks among younger adults in Malaysia?

“One of the major factors contributing to this is an unhealthy diet, with easy access to fast food. Another major contribution to the rise in incidences is smoking. We are seeing more young people who smoke. A sedentary lifestyle is also one of the contributing factors, as more young people are not exercising or doing enough of it. That said, the awareness of coronary artery disease among this age group has significantly improved due to easy access to information via the internet. More health-conscious adults are attending yearly health screenings.”

Q What are the symptoms of coronary artery disease that leads to heart attack?

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