Heart health check: When’s the best time?

Heart health check: When's the best time?

In recent years, there has been a noticeable surge in the incidence of heart attacks among young individuals. While lifestyle-related conditions like diabetes and hypertension are also prevalent among the younger population, the prevalence of heart attacks and cardiac arrests has seen a significant increase.

In light of this concerning trend, it is imperative to emphasize the importance of regular heart health screenings for the early detection and prevention of cardiovascular diseases. This comprehensive assessment of cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk is crucial.

When should one consider scheduling a heart checkup?

According to Dr. Mittal Bhadra, an Intervention Cardiologist at Zynova Shalby Multi-speciality Hospital, it is advisable for adults to commence heart check-ups in their twenties. This proactive approach can facilitate the early identification of risk factors such as high blood pressure and elevated cholesterol levels.

It is important to note that for individuals with a genetic predisposition to heart disease, regular heart checkups are essential, as highlighted by Dr. Bhadra.

Furthermore, individuals who smoke, struggle with obesity, lead a sedentary lifestyle, or have been diagnosed with diabetes are strongly encouraged to undergo frequent heart screenings. These factors significantly contribute to the risk of heart disease. If you experience symptoms such as chest pain, shortness of breath, irregular heartbeat, or dizziness, it is imperative to consult a healthcare professional promptly, as advised by Dr. Bhadra.

Dr. Nityanand Tripathi also supports the initiation of heart check-ups starting as early as the age of 20. These screenings should be repeated every 2-4 years and managed in accordance with the Absolute Risk Guidelines, which are the primary outcome of these tests.

However, it is crucial to underscore that individuals with Type 2 Diabetes or those with pre-existing coronary artery disease (CAD) or a heightened risk of CAD should consider more frequent check-ups to effectively monitor their heart health.