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Legendary cricketer Shane Warne dies of heart attack: here’s all about the condition


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In shocking news, Australian cricket icon Shane Warne has died of a suspected heart attack. The 52-year-old cricket legend and greatest spinner of all time has died on Koh Samui, Thailand. His team released a statement saying: “Shane was found unconscious at his villa and despite the best efforts of the medical staff, he could not be resuscitated.”

Previously, a heart attack was usually seen in people aged 55 and over, but recently we have lost celebrities such as Sidharth Shukla, Puneet Rajkumar, Raj Kaushal, who were in their 40s. All of them followed a good fitness program, which is considered an important element for prevention of heart disease. In addition, doctors around the world are trying to draw attention to the sharp increase in the number of cases of heart-related diseases – after all, the heart is the second most commonly affected organ after the lungs after COVID.

Dr. Rajesh Thachatodiil, Professor and Head of Adult Cardiology at Amrita Hospital, Kochi, shared: “Heart attacks used to be considered a disease of aging, and people over 60 were usually prone to it. But the scenario has changed in recent years, and we are seeing an increasingly young population fall victim to this. Interestingly, you may look very fit and healthy on the outside, but inside your body, diseases can arise that you are completely unaware of. I see about 200 young patients in our OPD per month with heart problems.”

For the uninitiated, a heart attack happens when the blood flow to the heart is suddenly blocked. This leads to a lack of oxygen and, if not treated immediately, leads to the death of the heart muscle. Also known as a myocardial infarction, the symptoms of a heart attack can vary from person to person.

Risks of Overtraining

Dr. Sanjay Mittal, Director of Clinical and Preventive Cardiology at the Heart Institute, Medanta, shares some of the signs of excessive exercise that should not be ignored:

– If the person feels dizzy or slightly dizzy during exercise, assess yourself

– If you have hypertension (extreme hypertension), make sure you take steps to control your blood pressure before engaging in heavy exercise.

– If there is a young man in your family who passed out without warning, this may indicate that you are a carrier of a gene that predisposes you to a certain collapse.

– If you have chest discomfort, excessive shortness of breath, get tested

– Performance-enhancing drugs can lead to heart problems.

Here are some frequently asked questions related to heart attacks:

  1. What causes a heart attack?
    A heart attack occurs when one or more of your coronary arteries become blocked. Extreme slowing of the heart rate also causes cardiac arrest. Experts say that over time, fatty deposits, including cholesterol, form plaques that subsequently narrow the arteries, leading to a condition called atherosclerosis that causes a heart attack.
  2. Is a heart attack the same as cardiac arrest?
    Although they are remotely the same, medically they are diagnosed differently and treated differently.
  3. Can stress cause a sudden heart attack?
    Stress causes an increase in blood pressure, the inflammation of which is detrimental to the heart. These conditions increase the risk of cardiac arrest.
  4. What are the common symptoms of a heart attack?
    – Tightness, pain, or aching sensation in the chest or arms radiating to the neck, jaw, or back – Nausea – Indigestion – Heartburn – Abdominal pain – Shortness of breath – Cold sweat – Tiredness – Dizziness or sudden dizziness
  5. What are some of the most common heart attack myths?
    Myth: A heart attack and cardiac arrest are the same thing; Fact : Cardiac arrest is an electrical problem, but a heart attack is a circulatory problem.
  6. Myth: Heart disease is caused by poor lifestyle choices, and thin and active people are safe.
    Fact: Heart disease can be due to genetic factors, in addition to some other factors. In the recent past, we have seen the strongest people die of heart attacks. Excessive exercise and stress on the heart more than usual are also considered as a cause of a heart attack.
  7. Myth: Heart disease is a male disease!
    Fact: Heart disease kills as many women as men. It was believed that the female hormone protects them from heart disease, but this is not so.

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