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Heart attacks on the rise among young bahrainis

TDT | Manama     

The Daily Tribune – www.newsofbahrain.com

Report by Zahra Ayaz

In a concerning trend, cardiologists in Bahrain have reported a rise in the incidence of heart attacks among young adults, despite an overall decline in the general population.

The Daily Tribune spoke to a few leading cardiologists  to get their feedback on this matter.  Dr Abdul Azeez Asad, a leading cardiologist at Bahrain Specialist Hospital shared alarming statistics: “Older studies estimated that 4 to 10 per cent of acute heart attacks occurred in young adults.

However, newer estimates suggest this number has increased by 2 per cent annually, and a 2019 study found the figure to be a staggering 20.5 per cent.”  

“At the Bahrain Specialist Hospital’s cardiac catheterisation lab, approximately 23 per cent of patients undergoing coronary angiography and angioplasty were below the age of 45, and 55 per cent were below 55 years old.  

“Smoking emerged as the most significant underlying risk factor, with the prevalence among young individuals with coronary artery disease (CAD) ranging from 60 to 90 per cent.

Hypertension was also more prevalent in young CAD patients, affecting 25 per cent compared to 13 per cent in those without CAD,” he added.  Meanwhile, Dr. Shaikh Swalehin Bux emphasised the importance of lifestyle modifications and dietary choices for maintaining a healthy heart.

“Regular exercise, a balanced diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and healthy fats, as well as maintaining a healthy weight, managing stress, and getting enough sleep, and quitting smoking, are crucial for cardiovascular health,” he advised.

 Dr. Prashant Prabhakar lastly highlighted the impact of social and cultural factors, particularly the rise of fast food and sedentary lifestyles, which have contributed to the growing prevalence of conditions like hypertension, obesity, and high cholesterol among the younger generation.

 “To address this concerning trend, healthcare professionals recommend that individuals above the age of 25 undergo regular check-ups, including cholesterol tests, blood pressure monitoring, and non-invasive tests like treadmill exercise testing. 

“These proactive measures can help identify and address potential cardiovascular risks before they lead to more severe complications.”  

As the medical community works to understand and address the underlying causes of this rise in heart disease among young adults in Bahrain, the message is clear: maintaining a healthy lifestyle and regular check-ups are essential for safeguarding the heart health of the community.