Sonali Phogat, BJP leader and former Bigg Boss contestant died of heart attack in Goa at the age of 43 on Tuesday (August 23). A spate of sudden heart attacks in young personalities from the entertainment industry in the recent past has sent shockwaves across the country. Sidharth Shukla (40), Puneeth Rajkumar (44), KK (53) and Brahma Swaroop Mishra (36) are among the young people who showed no signs and symptoms of a heart disease before succumbing to heart attack and some of them achieved one fitness milestone after the other inspiring their fans. (Also read: Sidharth Shukla to KK: 10 celebs who died of heart attack).
Experts are of the view that there are many factors at play as far as heart attacks are concerned from chronic health issues like diabetes, blood pressure to lifestyle factors like drinking, smoking and unhealthy diet combined with excessive stress that ails the heart and makes it susceptible to cardiac issues.
“We are having a pandemic of sudden cardiac arrests in young. By young means people at the page of 30 to 50 years. What could be the possible reasons for sudden cardiac arrest in young ranges from loneliness, stress, mental trauma, smoking, alcohol etc, also lack of exercise, proper diet. Youngest person who we have seen has had a heart attack is a 17-year-old guy,” says Dr Ruchit Shah, Interventional Cardiologist, Masina Hospital, Mumbai.
“A heart attack occurs due to a sudden blockage of the coronary artery which are supplying blood to the heart muscle. The sudden blockages are due to the formation of blood clot. On top of atherosclerotic or cholesterol plaque which can be present within the wall of the coronary artery. These cholesterol plaques are formed over a period of time due to a very poor lifestyle, a sedentary lifestyle, a person is having smoking habits or person is eating junk food and also the major conclusion if the person is having a significant history of heart disease or having a disease,” says Dr Atul Mathur, Executive Director – Interventional Cardiology & Chief of Cath Lab, Fortis Escorts Heart Institute, Okhla Road, New Delhi.