At around 1130 AM, BCCI President and former Indian Cricket player Sourav Ganguly, got unconscious while working out in the gym at his residence in Kolkata. The 48-yr old was straight away rushed to the Woodlands Hospital in South Kolkata. He was said to be sick since Friday night. However, he decided to continue his morning routine on Saturday and suddenly felt dizzy.

He was identified with three blocked coronary arteries after which a stent was inserted in one to remove the blockage. He suffered a myocardial infarction (MI).

According to the hospital, Ganguly has a family history of Ischemic Heart Disease, a condition of recurring chest pain or discomfort that occurs when a part of the heart does not receive enough blood.

This news shocked down the whole country, majorly because of the question that, how come a former sportsman who takes care of his fitness and continues a healthy lifestyle, get a heart attack?

Back in December, choreographer, and filmmaker Remo D’Souza suffered from a massive heart attack. He again suffered the attack while working out in the gym.

Before that world-renowned personal trainer, Bob Harper, marathoner and triathlete David Cunningham, and many others have suffered heart attacks. Similar cases of heart attacks have been on a rise in young individuals, in their 30s and 40s.

The simple question is, WHY? Why do people, despite all good lifestyle habits, suffer from a heart attack? Before we understand the answer, let’s know a bit about Cardiovascular Diseases.

A BIT ABOUT CVDs (CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASES)

CVD (Cardiovascular Disease) is not a single disease, but a cluster of diseases and injuries that affect the cardiovascular system (the heart and blood vessels). These are the most common diseases of the heart and of the blood vessels of the heart and brain.

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Cardiovascular diseases (CVD) are big health and economic burden not just for the individual or family, but for the entire nation. CVDs have become the leading cause of death in society today.

Cardiovascular diseases (CVDs) constitute the leading cause of global mortality and are a major contributor to reduced quality of life. In 2017, CVD caused an estimated 17.8 million deaths worldwide, corresponding to 330 million years of life lost and another 35.6 million years lived with disability.

India is going through an epidemiologic transition whereby the burden of communicable diseases has declined slowly, but that of non-communicable diseases (NCD) has risen rapidly, thus leading to a dual burden. There has been a 4-fold rise in CHD prevalence in India during the past 40 years.

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