Smoking and stress are risk factors for heart attack

Smoking and facing high levels of stress in daily life are two risk factors to suffer a myocardial infarction, said today Hugo Ricardo Hernandez Garcia, director of the Specialties Hospital of the Mexican Social Security Institute (IMSS) in Jalisco.

He added that currently this problem occurs more and more in people from 30 to 35 years of age, although the majority occurs in patients between 50 and 55 years.

“Even more so if the above is associated with chronic degenerative diseases,” said the expert.

According to estimates from the World Health Organization (WHO), there are around one billion people in the world who are smokers and every year seven million people die from tobacco in the world.

In Mexico, according to figures from the Ministry of Health, just over 14 million people are active smokers.

On the eve of commemorating the World No Tobacco Day on May 31, the cardiologist also said that of every 10 people who smoke, six could die from a heart attack during the first hour it occurs.

“This is because they have stress, in addition to not doing physical activity and suffer from overweight, obesity, diabetes mellitus or hypertension,” said Hernandez Garcia in a statement.

The expert made a call to prevent this type of problems so you should improve your diet, hydrate with simple water, quit smoking and exercise daily, for at least 30 minutes.

Otherwise, patients may develop ischemic heart disease (lesions in the main blood vessels of the heart), which is chronic and can only be controlled but not cured.

“This also makes the person increasingly vulnerable to an acute myocardial infarction, the longer you spend without going to the doctor to be diagnosed,” he said.

Hernández García indicated that cardiovascular diseases are the cause of at least 18 million deaths a year in the world, and in Mexico there are around 38,000 deaths due to this cause.


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