“It almost gave me a heart attack.” These last two words are synonymous with fear in our vocabulary. With 1.7 million lives lost to heart disease in India every year, it is the leading cause of death. The numbers include lives lost specifically to heart attacks.
A global study, published in The Lancet, claimed that the mortality of heart patients is the highest in Indians. In fact, Indians get a heart attack 8-10 years earlier than any other ethnic group. Doctors have repeatedly insisted that we, as Indians, are predisposed to heart disease.
So, let’s breakdown what heart attacks are, how they happen, to whom they can happen, and what should you do to prevent it.