According to a study based on data collected from Cleveland Clinic, younger and fatter people are getting heart attacks. The data shows that the average age of people experiencing such episodes declined from 64 to 60 years. It is time that the United States citizens take action and start taking care of their lives.
Cleveland Clinic is one of the best hospitals in the country. It is also one of the largest, that is why Dr. Samir Kapadia and his team decided to collect data from the hospital and analyze it as part of their study.
The records that the researchers studied belonged to 3900 individuals admitted between 1995 and 2014. Dr. Kapadia is the head of interventional cardiology and medicine professor. He will present all of his findings on the 65th Cardiology College of America Scientific Section that will take place in Chicago between the 2nd and the 4th of April, current year.
According to the team’s findings, the percentage of smokers who experience a heart attack grew from 28 percent to an almost double 46 percent, even if smokers’ levels have declined over the past years.
The researchers divided the data they gathered into our groups, each comprising the files of patients admitted for a heart attack on a five-year span. They then compared the results.
It seems that from 1995 until early 2000 and from 2010 until 2014, the average age of individuals suffering from heart attacks decreased from 64 to 60. Furthermore, the number obese patients who developed severe heart disorders increased from 31 percent to 40 percent. The CDC defines obese people as those individuals with a BMI over 30.
Younger and fatter people are getting heart attacks, and they have other underlying health issues as well. The number of heart attack patients that also had diabetes increased from 24 percent to 31 percent, those with high levels of blood pressure spiked from 55 percent to 77 percent and “chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder” from 5 percent to 12 percent.
But Kapadia is reserved in addressing the problem nationwide. While it is true that Cleveland Clinic is one of the largest and best medical care facilities, the sample was not varied enough to be applied to the entire population of the United States.
But still, as younger and fatter people are getting heart attacks in Cleveland, it is very possible that the same situation applies to many other cities in the country.
Doctors are urging the people to maintain a healthy lifestyle and follow the primary recommendation provided by every physician in the US.
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