It has been almost a month since the sudden death of actor Sidharth Shukla, but people are still in shock. We have been led to believe that we will grow old and die a natural death in our 80s or 90s. But when we hear news of such sudden deaths in young people, we cannot help feeling shocked and cheated. The fact is that heart attacks are becoming more and more common in young people today. If you feel scared, it is a good thing.

Anybody who is over 40, or obese, or has Diabetes, or has Hypertension, or has high Cholestrol/Triglycerides, or has a family history of heart disease is at HIGH RISK. To manage this risk, it is important to monitor your health regularly.

If you have never had any health investigations done, meet with your doctor and share your concerns. A complete health checkup should be done annually and a lipid profile should be done every 6 months to keep track of your health. Monitor the variables like HDL, LDL and Triglycerides. Aim for the optimum numbers. Educate yourself about symptoms of heart attacks and strokes so that you can help anyone in distress if you find yourself in a situation like this. Awareness is the most important thing when it comes to health.

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