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Sridevi dies of cardiac arrest: Know when to begin heart screenings for women

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Know when to begin heart screenings for women In addition to heart screenings, doctors suggests that women should eat a healthy diet and implement an exercise routine.

The sudden demise of legendary actor Sridevi has left the nation in mourning. The actor who was 54-year-old was fit and had no ailments according to close family members. She died late Saturday night reportedly due to a cardiac arrest in Dubai. That's how sudden deaths are- unexpected and tragic!

A healthy person could also suffer cardiac arrest due to many reasons. But according to a new study, sixty per cent of women in US think of heart screenings as necessary only after age 40, whereas health experts recommend that screenings should begin in the 20s.

According to the American Heart Association recommendations, screenings should start at 20, as the age may cause the onset of various heart-related disease.

"Women cannot wait until they're 40 to start paying attention to their risk factors. They can begin developing atherosclerosis, plaque in their arteries, in their teenage and early twenties," Carolina Demori, cardiologist at the Orlando Health Heart Institute in Florida, US, said in a statement

Screenings beginning at age 20 should include weight and body mass index (BMI), blood pressure, cholesterol levels, glucose levels and waist circumference, all of which are directly associated with heart health and can be controlled to minimize risks.

For the study, the team conducted a survey, in which more than a thousand women participated.

The results showed that the average age women thought they should begin getting heart screenings was 41.

Only 8 per cent of women were aware that screenings should begin at some point in their 20s, though few knew it was at age 20.

In addition to heart screenings, doctors suggests that women should eat a healthy diet and implement an exercise routine.

"The study is a wake-up call that there needs to be more education on heart health and more aggressive screenings to prevent a small issue from developing into life-threatening conditions," Demori said.

Read: Women Health News | Planning to workout? Don't forget to keep yourself hydrated

The opinions expressed here do not reflect those of Malayala Manorama. Legal action under the IT Act will be taken against those making derogatory and obscene statements.

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