A new study has shown that U.S. heart attack victims are becoming both younger and fatter. According to researchers from the Cleveland Clinic, the average age of people who suffer from deadly heart attacks dropped from 64 to 60 over the last 20 years. Obesity is also being implicated in about 40% of severe heart attacks.
Researchers have found other characteristics of the new heart attack victims, including high blood pressure, COPD, and diabetes; they are also more likely to smoke than patients 20 years ago.
This new profile for heart attack victims is concerning, and it is thought that exercise, proper nutrition, weight loss, and quitting smoking are all critical for heart attack prevention.
These findings were published in HealthDay News on March 24, 2016.