"What might be a doctor, my heart?" word when I tell a patient that he felt pain associated with heart blood vessel constriction disorders.
"I'm still young dock, to my knowledge only the parents can have a heart attack", said patients like disbelief.
Several other patients, when I say that he had a heart condition, also expressed the same thing. There are also patients who are young when I refer to a neurologist, such as refuse and do not believe that he had a stroke. The reason he is just because he was young. Heart disease and stroke are "old person's disease" is one form of medical myths that are widely believed our society.
This myth may have something to do with reality and everyday experience that most patients of heart attack and stroke are the parents. That experience is the parent, grandmother, grandfather in his own family. Or neighbors, who underwent cardiac vascular surgery, which was rushed to the hospital due to a heart attack.
We assume that heart disease only occurs in older people, so if you are young, for example, told the doctor that you had a heart attack or stroke, which is pictured in your mind are the parents, grandparents, grandmother, or a neighbor who experience it. This of course greatly affect your perception of disease and treatment that you suffered.
Heart disease and stroke risk is something to do with age. The older you are, the chances of the disease is greater, but it does mean that if you are young, will be free from the threat.
Age is just one risk factor for this disease. High cholesterol, diabetes, hypertension, stress, obesity, relaxed lifestyle, lack of exercise, smoking is another risk factor that could be your clothing. I once had a patient with chest pain, all the risk is There to him. But, when I tell you that he had a heart condition, as he still does not believe.
"Ah, doctor, my father did before dying of heart attacks, but that time he has continued. My first time to accompany my parents when heart disease doc, I know the symptoms, never saw him when under attack, I also led him to Jakarta to undergo by-pass surgery, but his age at that time was over 70 years doctors ", as if the patient continued to deny that he had the same disease his parents were.
It is known that obesity, diabetes, stress, smoking as a risk factor for heart disease, the relatively young age of many we find today. Children who are overweight, obese, with a protruding belly is not unusual anymore. Just look at the schools, from elementary to high school kids, teenagers sized it quite striking.
Diabetes, too, many cases of type 2 diabetes that usually appear in adulthood, after age 35 years, now in children and adolescents also found. Children today are also relatively more relaxed lifestyle, more sitting in front of computers, TV. Children are now enough play in front of the computer and the TV, sitting down and fast food, beverage cans next to him. Our generation first? We play in the open field to be moved and require energy. Smoking, too, elementary school children have been much addicted to the poison.
Thus, because of these risk factors are there early, it is no wonder, cases of heart disease, stroke, previously only a disease of older people, so now, the events at a young age is not unusual anymore.
In addition, the American Heart Association recommends, should be at the age of 20 years has begun to check the health of a person's heart and repeated every 2 years. "Why?" Apparently, in some cases of heart attacks that occurred at the age of 40, 50, 60, or 70 years, atherosclerosis that occurs actually started since his teens, and young adults.
So, if you for example have a heart attack at the age of 40 years, it has begun developing atherosclerosis since your teens, or the age of 20. Therefore, the cardiologist is now beginning to look for the seeds of heart disease such as cholesterol levels, blood pressure, weight loss, abdominal circle early, so that preventive action can be done faster.
So, assuming that heart disease, stroke only disease of older people now need to be questioned again. At the very least, the seeds of the risk factors we have begun planting early with a relaxed lifestyle and unhealthy diet. Well, no wonder we will also be harvested earlier.