Young and Obese Americans are Prone to Heart Attacks Claims a Study

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Based on a study conducted between 1995-2014 by Samir Kapadia, the Section Head of Interventional Cardiology at The Cleveland Clinic and his team, it has been concluded that young and obese Americans are more likely to suffer from a heart attack. This study covered around 4,000 STEMI patients who were treated at the Cleveland Clinic during the course of two decades. 42.5 percent of these patients suffered from anterior STEMI and 57.5 percent of them with inferior STEMI.

According to this study, the average age of Americans suffered from lethal heart attacks has come down from 64 to 60 and the percentage of such patients who are obese has climbed from 31 to 40 percent. An increase of 7 percent has been witnessed in the heart attack patients who also suffer from diabetes, and an increase from 55 percent to 80 percent has been seen in the ones for whom persistently high blood pressure has preceded a heart attack.

The same study has also concluded that a large number of the heart attack patients are smokers, and many of them suffer from Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. The results of this study will be presented on April 4 in Chicago at the scientific session of the American College of Cardiology.


Samir Kapadia is extremely happy with the progress that medical science has made against the heart disease, but he feels that there is a lot that still needs to be done for the prevention of heart attacks, and since they have a realistic possibility of being fatal, his research and opinion should not be ignored. In this regard, he has formally stated, “On the whole, the medical community has done an outstanding job of improving treatments for heart disease, but this study shows that we have to do better on the prevention side. When people come for routine checkups, it is critical to stress the importance of reducing risk factors through weight reduction, eating a healthy diet and being physically active. Prevention must be kept in the forefront of primary care. Cardiac health is not just dependent on the cardiologist. The primary care physicians and the patient need to take ownership of this problem.”

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