Myocardial Infarction- A Growing Menace in Younger People! | Max Hospital
  1. Home
  2. Blogs
  3. Cardiac Sciences Cardiology
  4. Myocardial Infarction- A Growing Menace in Younger People!

Get Second Opinion

Please provide your phone number with country code

3 + 1 =

Doc Connect

Hospital : 
Max Super Speciality Hospital, Saket
  • Robotic Urological Surgery: 15 years journey 
    Dr. Rahul Yadav, Dr. Anant Kumar
  • Robotic surgery is the latest in advanced onco surgical procedures 
    Dr. Harit Chaturvedi
  • Percutaneous balloon aortic valvuloplasty & balloon dilatation of aortic coarctation in a 10 year old child 
    Dr. Neeraj Awasthy, Dr. Sushil Shukla
  • Role of CT/MR imaging and echocardiography in evaluation of valsalva sinus aneurysm 
    Dr. Reena Anand, Dr. Raj Kumar, Dr. Divya Malhotra, Dr. Bharat Aggarwal
  • Risk factors for patients undergoing treatment for Breast Cancer
    Ms. Kanika Arora, Ms. Ritika Samaddar
  • Radiology Case of The Month 
    Dr. Nafisa Shakir Batta, Dr. Dhruv Jain
October, 2015 :15
Emergency Call Button

DELHI / NCR : 011-4055 4055

MOHALI : 77107-77107

DEHRADUN : 0135 719 3333

BATHINDA : 0164-5212000



Bio Medical Waste Report For Shalimar Bagh

Month Red Autoclave(Infected Plastic Waste) Yellow- Incineration(AnatomicalWaste & Soiled Waste) Blue Autoclave (Glass- Bottles) Black Cytotoxic- Incineration( Cytotoxic Contaminated Items) White- Sharp Total Bags Total Weight(In KG's)
  No. of Bags Weight (in KG's) No. of Bags Weight (in KG's) No. of Bags Weight (in KG's) No. of Bags Weight (in KG's) No. of Bags Weight (in KG's)    
Apr-17 924 2963.50 954 2994.10 239 1017.30 103 279.20 1645 606.40 3865 7861.00
May-17 1175 4624.12 1028 3498.40 276 1524.34 87 195.01 1803 823.85 4369 10665.71
Jun-17 1060 4511.45 902 2886.66 293 1324.05 76 194.00 2057 1100.69 4388 10016.85
Jul-17                     0 0.00
Aug-17                     0 0.00
Sep-17                     0 0.00
Oct-17                     0 0.00
Nov-17                     0 0.00
Dec-17                     0 0.00
Jan-18                     0 0.00
Feb-18                     0 0.00
Mar-18                     0 0.00
YTD 3159 12099.065 2884 9379.155 808 3865.69 266 668.705 5505 2530.94 12622 28543.555

Myocardial Infarction- A Growing Menace in Younger People!

Home >> Blogs >> Cardiac Sciences Cardiology >> Myocardial Infarction- A Growing Menace in Younger People!

Clinical Directorate

For more info please call 8744 888 888 (Delhi – NCR) & 9988 422 333 (Chandigarh Tri-city), or mail at

December 12, 2017 0 56 2 minutes, 43 seconds read
Best Cardiologist in Delhi, India - Dr. Samir Kubba
Associate Director
Cardiac Sciences, Cardiology

The increasing prevalence of Myocardial Infarction (MI) in people less than 45 years of age is significantly alarming. Dr. Samir Kubba. Senior Consultant, Clinical and Interventional Cardiology, Max Super Speciality Hospital, Patparganj, says that there is a relative scarcity of data on premature coronary heart disease (CHD) and MI in the young, but we are now seeing a growing number of patients having MI at a relatively young age. He recalls a successful angioplasty case that he performed in a 21 year old college student with a very large MI- he was a heavy smoker.

He says that this increasing trend of MI in the young is a disturbing phenomenon with devastating consequences causing a greater impact on patient’s psychology, ability to work and socio-economic burden.

Who are at a greater risk of MI?

  • Higher Prevalence of Smoking
  • Family History of premature CHD
  • Male counterparts < 45 years of age
  • Diabetes
  • Hypertension
  • Stress
    • Obesity: Particularly truncal obesity due to a sedentary lifestyle, unhealthy dietary patterns and lack of physical activity counters the protection offered by a young age.

However, we are now diagnosing more and more patients with hypertension, dyslipidemia, and diabetes for the first time after they present to us with MI at a young age. To escalate matters further, ignorance of CHD combined with a false sense of security prevents younger individuals from seeking early medical advice. Hence early recognition and risk factor modification in this population are of key importance.

Other factors that need attention:

A number of other potential but uncommon causes in young MI patients which deserve attention include:

  • Cocaine abuse
  • Kawasaki disease
  • Aortoarterits, spontaneous coronary artery dissection
  • Hyperhomocysteinemia
  • Low levels of oestrogen and oral contraceptives usage in young women can also cause MI.

An important point to understand here is that young MI patients often lack warning symptoms like escalating chest pain, unlike their elderly counterparts. The first presentation of MI can be sudden death. The coronary angiography in the young tends to reveal less extensive disease in comparison to older counterparts.

We are seeing a growth in the multivessel disease more often, but with improvements in medical therapy and angioplasty, many of the young patients are being salvaged and are leading normal lives.

Post MI outcome

There is a high incidence of depression post-MI in young patients and it can be as high as 50%. It often requires multiple strategies including counseling, personalized prescription, and management of co-occurring mental health conditions. It affects the quality of life and hence identifying and managing depression early is important. Some patients may develop significant reduction in their left ventricular Function (pumping function of the heart) post MI and may have heart failure. However, on the brighter side, significant improvements in medical and device therapies for heart failure have dramatically improved outcomes in many of these patients.

As goes the age-old adage “Prevention is better than cure”, it is of utmost importance to educate the youth on the harmful effects of smoking, sedentary lifestyle, obesity, unhealthy dietary patterns, stress and substance abuse – all of which are “modifiable” risk factors. In addition, early screening and management of young patients who are at risk- especially those with a strong family history of premature CHD is the need of the hour to collectively fight this alarming problem.

Related Articles

Featured Doctors

Book an Appointment