A new study revealed a shocking fact that heart attack patients are getting younger and more obese.
New research from the Cleveland Clinic found that patients were more likely to have preventable risk factors such high blood pressure and diabetes and were more likely to be smokers, CBS News reported.
The study was presented at the American College of Cardiology’s 65th Annual Scientific Session.
Dr. Samir Kapadia, a professor of medicine and interventional cardiologist at Cleveland Clinic, with his team examined heart disease risk factors among nearly 4,000 patients who were treated for the most severe and deadly type of heart attack, known as ST-elevation myocardial infarction, or STEMI, from 1995 to 2014.
“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,” Kapadia said in a statement. “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.”
STEMI occurs when the coronary artery is completely blocked and a large part of the heart muscle is unable to receive blood. STEMI heart attacks come with a high risk of death and disability. But the chance of survival can be increased though immediate medical assistance.
Experts say the results are surprising and worrying.
“Very amazingly, what we found was the patients presenting with ST-elevation myocardial infarction were getting younger. We thought we were doing better prevention,” Kapadia said.