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4 Prominent Causes of Heart Failure in Younger People

Cardiovascular disease are responsible for nearly two of every four deaths in the world. Heart attacks and cardiac deaths are so common that they almost seem natural and inevitable. When a 70 to­ 80 year old succumbs, it gets a little attention but eyes widen when it strikes a teenager . Heart failure in people under age 35, often due to hidden heart defects or overlooked heart abnormalities, is rare. There are many different causes of sudden cardiac death in young people. For a variety of reasons, something causes the heart to beat out of control. This abnormal heart rhythm is known as ventricular fibrillation.While many people may assume that cardiovascular problems only affect middle­ aged to elderly men and women, poor heart health can afflict young adults as well. Here is a closer look at 5 of the most prominent heart problems affecting younger people.

1. Arrhythmias

Our hearts are designed to beat at regular intervals and pump blood throughout our bodies. When the heartbeat becomes irregular, it is known as a cardiac arrhythmia. This can mean the heart beats too fast, too slow or at irregular intervals. Heart palpitations and heart murmurs are other names used to describe this condition. An irregular heartbeat can be harmless with no negative symptoms. However, it can also be a sign of more serious heart diseases that should be looked at by a board certified cardiologist. This condition can be caused by a range of factors and can affect people of all ages. Arrhythmias is one the most common cause of sudden cardiac arrest.

2. Heart Muscle Diseases

Heart muscle disease

Heart disease, such as hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM), can cause the heart muscle to become abnormally thick and stiffened, hindering its ability to pump blood throughout the body. While HCM is normally not fatal, it is the leading cause of sudden cardiac death in people under the age of 30, and especially affects athletes. The most common symptom of coronary artery disease is angina chest pain. Angina can be described as a moment of discomfort, heaviness, pressure, aching, burning, fullness,squeezing, or painful feeling in your chest. It can be mistaken for indigestion or heartburn and can also be felt in the shoulders, arms, neck, throat, jaw, or back. Heart defects may be caused by a viral infection in the mother during pregnancy, alcohol or substance abuse during pregnancy or simply by genetics. While there is a range of known heart defects individuals with defects commonly experience an obstruction in blood flow to the heart or an abnormal blood flow. More rare heart defects may involve one side of the heart being underdeveloped, only one ventricle present, or otherwise abnormal ventricles.

3. Chronic Stress

chronic stress

Medical researchers aren’t sure exactly how stress increases the risk of heart disease. However, they suggest that if stress itself is a risk factor for heart disease, it could be because chronic stress exposes your body to unhealthy, persistently elevated levels of stress hormones like adrenaline and cortisol. Studies also link stress to changes in the way blood clots, which further increases the risk of heart failure.

4. Panic Attacks

panic attack

Anxiety acttack commonly known as Panic attacks are periods of intense fear or apprehension of sudden onset, accompanied by at least four or more bodily or cognitive symptoms. The duration of a panic attack varies. Some of the symptoms includes: pounding heart, sweating, trembling or shaking, shortness of breath or smothering, feelings of choking, chest pain or discomfort, nausea or abdominal distress and a dizzy sensation.



You’ve read some of the prominent causes of heart failure, especially in young people. All these can be avoided if you start eating healthy and exercising regularly. Don’t make the mistake of waiting till your old before living a healthy life.

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