Mirzapur actor, Brahma Swaroop Mishra, 36 was found dead in his Mumbai residence on Thursday, December 2, two days after complaining of chest pain and receiving a medication for gastric issues, according to reports. The actor’s body was found in his bathroom by police after neighbours complained of a stench coming from the flat. The police said the actor might have suffered a heart attack though the cause of the death is not clear yet.
There has been a worrying trend of young faces from entertainment industry succumbing to cardiac arrest in the past from Balika Vadhu star Sidharth Shukla (40), Puneeth Rajkumar (46) to director Raj Kaushal (50).
In the last 20 years, heart attacks among those below the age of 50 have doubled in India. Twenty-five per cent of heart attacks occur among those below 40.
“Heart attacks causing sudden death is increasing in prevalence everyday due to our worsening lifestyle and ignorance of risk factors like cholesterol, hypertension and diabetes. High levels of work stress, sedentary working habits and lack of sleep are major contributors,” says Dr Naem Hasanfatta, Consultant Cardiologist, Wockhardt Hospital.
“Acute stress can lead to heart attack and chronic stress causes changes in the inner lining of the heart arteries, causing inflammation which could make the blood clot as well as lead to heart attack,” Dr Ashok Seth, Chairman of Fortis Escorts Heart Institute, had earlier told HT Digital in an interview.
Unhealthy food, excess alcohol and smoking can further increase the risk of premature heart diseases.
“Our diets have become extremely unhealthy too and there is increased intake of alcohol and smoking including hookah. And extreme levels of exercise with unauthorised use of steroids and unapproved dietary supplements and proteins also play a role in causing premature cardiac disease and sudden death,” says Dr Hasanfatta.
Experts also say that heart attack risk increases significantly for those who have a family history of young deaths due to heart ailments.
“Heart attacks can happen to anyone – but the risk is especially high when genetics come into play. Primordial and primary prevention is crucial for those with a family history of heart disease. A person’s hereditary risk of heart disease is defined by having a first-degree male relative (like father, brother or son) under the age of 55 years with a heart attack or stroke history, or a first-degree female relative (like mother, sister or daughter) under the age of 65 years with a heart attack or stroke history,” says Dr Zakia Khan, Senior Consultant-Interventional Cardiology, Fortis Hospital, Kalyan.
Substance abuse or excessive alcohol use, smoking, high blood pressure, high cholesterol levels, lack of physical activity, diabetes, obesity and poor diet are among the risk factors for people who suffer heart attack at a young age.