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Experts sound alarm over heart attacks in the young

Dr Dan Gikonyo a leading cardiologist in Kenya, says sitting down for long hours increases the risk of heart attack. PHOTO | FRANCIS MUREITHI

Source: Daily Nation

By FRANCIS MUREITHI

27th April 2017

In Summary

  • Heart attacks are usually associated with the elderly because their blood vessels continue to thin out with age becomes more of a likelihood as they enter their sunset years. The profile of Karen Hospital’s clinic shows most to be between 60 and 80 years.
  • For the young, sitting down for long hours is emerging as the lead cause of increased incidences of high blood pressure, diabetes and increases the risk of heart attack.
  • This trend is worrying the heart experts who are now sounding a warning bell over the frequency of heart attacks amongst young population which is slowly reaching the “epidemic levels”.

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