Apparently it is more common than it sounds! While most heart attack victims are in their 60s and 70s, the latest study by Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reported today that the rate of young people dying from cardiac arrest has soared in the last 10 years!
The CDC says there are 3,000 of these deaths annually among Americans age 15 to 34, a 10 percent increase during the past decade.
"We're talking about young adults," says Dr. George Mensah of the Centers for Disease Control, "who have no symptoms and who die suddenly, sometimes within an hour of having their first onset of symptoms."
Reducing Your Risk
The CDC study says that for many young people, sudden cardiac death is preventable, especially through screenings for families with a history of this kind of death. The study suggests that for others, basic improvements in eating and exercise habits might reduce the risk.
Many of the deaths involved clogged arteries. A study last year of 249 teenagers found that 80 percent had an unhealthy buildup of cholesterol on artery walls, often the result of eating high-fat foods. High cholesterol can also be hereditary (as in my family). Another reason you should know your family medical history and have yourself and your children’s levels checked yearly!
Obesity is another major risk factor. From 1989 to 1999, the obesity rate among Americans aged 18 to 29 more than doubled from 5 percent to 12 percent.
Today is the day…You need to start now!
- Go get a Yearly Physical with your primary care physician.
- Eat healthy! Enjoy sweets and fatty foods in moderation.
- Exercise. Many of us just don’t have the time or childcare or a gym membership or equipment for an in home gym. But truth be told, pushing a stroller is exercise. Walking up & down the steps is exercise. There is a whole bunch of easy to do exercises that you can do with little or no equipment at all right from the comfort of your home. Need inspiration? Check out my board “Gonna Get My PreBaby Body Back” on Pinterest and while you are there, check out my other boards for easy reciepes! There are a few things in life I am passionate about…blogging (haha of course), no but really; my family and my health!
- Be the example you want your children to follow! Don’t preach eating healthy & being activity when you stuff your face with junk and sit texting away at the park! Yes you, I’ve seen you in action! Believe me I know you are tired (Lord knows I am) but walking to the park instead of driving won’t kill anyway…or playing basketball with your child for 30 minutes will mean the world to them and your heart!
- Know the Warning Signs of a Stroke, Heart Attack or Cardiac Arrest.
- Know how to administer CPR! It could save your life, the life of a love one, or someone else’s love one! Remember my husband’s friend, who I mentioned at the beginning of this post; he was at the park. When he collapsed and started gasping for air and guess what? NOT ONE PERSON IN THE ENTIRE PARK KNEW CPR!!! If someone would of at least started chest compressions on him who knows if the outcome would have been different, but at least he would have had a better chance…
- Burn the images below into your long term memory...