28-year-old survives 5 heart attacks the same day

Sumit Sharma, 28, was brought to the emergency of a private hospital on August 7 after suffering a heart attack. Before his surgery could be performed, he went through a spate of four cardiac arrests. An angioplasty saved his life and he was discharged on August 12.


Cases of young people getting heart attacks are increasing in the Capital. Sedentary lifestyle, coupled with high stress levels and bad food habits, is the root cause of rising burden of cardio-vascular diseases among the young.


Sandeep Singh, 24, is still in the coronary care unit of Moolchand Medcity. He was taken to the hospital at 4 am on Wednesday morning after a heart attack. By 5:30 am his angioplasty was conducted.


Sumit, whose wife is pregnant with their first child, works in a BPO company.
“The stress level is high. These professionals spend so much time in office that there is no time to exercise. On top of that, Sumit is a heavy smoker,” said Dr Deepak Natrajan, director, interventional cardiology, Moolchand Medcity.
Sandeep doesn’t do workouts and is addicted to ghee and parathas, said Dr Natrajan.


“Getting a heart attack at age 24 and five cardiac arrests at age 28 is alarming,” Dr Natrajan said.


Referring to a 2011 study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology about lifestyle diseases, he said that people in the young age group are at a high risk of developing serious disorders.


The study, tracked 1,100 people in Delhi for seven years starting with mean age 29 to 36. It concluded that 82 of 588 men and 60 of 386 women are obese.
Hypertension was as high as in 168 of 574 men and 52 of 419 women. Similarly, diabetes was prevalent among 43 of 595 men, while 15 of 412 women reported of the same.

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