The Young Heart Attack Trend: What’s causing it and how to avoid it yourself

Botsford Hospital's cardiac cath lab emergency angioplasty team

The Emergency Angioplasty Team in the Cardiac Cath Lab at Botsford Hospital is seeing younger heart attack patients – probably due to stress.

The Emergency Angioplasty Team at Botsford Hospital is seeing a scary trend:  Younger heart attack patients. In 2012, the average age was around 50 years.

Why are relatively young people having heart attacks? To find out, we asked Heather Glover, RN, Botsford’s Manager of Cardiopulmonary Services. “Our high-stress world has probably been a significant factor leading to an increased number of patients requiring emergency angioplasty,” she explains. “And most of these patients are 50-ish—part of the ultra-stressed-out sandwich generation who care for aging parents while still supporting adult children.”

We live in stressful times; it can get to all of us. If left unmanaged, stress can lead to emotional, psychological and even physical problems, including heart disease, high blood pressure, chest pains or irregular heartbeats. And it’s the everyday things that can build up and cause problems. “When I think of stress, I tend to focus on the mounting, day-to-day things, such as broken furnaces, traffic, what’s for dinner, grocery shopping, rude people, sick kids or the loss of a loved one,” Heather says.

Stress Management Tips to Prevent a Heart Attack

Fortunately stress-induced heart attacks at a young age may be preventable with stress

Heather Glover, RN has Stress Management Tips to Prevent a Heart Attack

Heather Glover, RN, Manager of Cardiopulmonary Services at Botsford Hospital

management.  Heather offers these 11 stress management tips to help you avoid the emergency room:

  1. Get good sleep.
  2. Manage your weight.
  3. Drink water.
  4. Stand up straight.
  5. Avoid excess caffeine, sweets, work and alcohol.
  6. Eat your fruits and vegetables.
  7. Laugh daily.
  8. Don’t smoke.
  9. Manage your health issues. Take your medications. See your physician regularly.
  10. Exercise regularly. Activity is good; exercise is better.
  11. Shut out the world occasionally.

If you’d like to learn more about this or other cardiac health issues, mark your calendar! You can chat LIVE with Heather Glover, RN on Tuesday April 30th 2013 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. on the Botsford Hospital Facebook page.

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