Did stress cause a heart attack in Sushmita Sen? US-based doctor answers, explains how cortisol causes damage | Health News, Times Now

 

Last week, through an Instagram post, former Miss Universe and actress Sushmita Sen announced that she had suffered from a heart attack a few days ago, got a stent and is currently doing fine. This further increased the need for focusing on heart health in women, especially citing that it is the world’s deadliest killer.

 

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Updated Mar 6, 2023 | 06:01 PM IST

New Delhi: Women’s Day is celebrated on March 8th every year and with this increases the need and importance of focusing on their health. Last week, through an Instagram post, former Miss Universe and actress Sushmita Sen announced that she had suffered from a heart attack a few days ago, got a stent and is currently doing fine. This further increased the need for focusing on heart health in women, especially citing that it is the world’s deadliest killer – a group of conditions that claim the highest number of lives globally every year. Dr. Palaniappan Manickam MD, MPH, Internal Medicine, Gastroenterology and Epidemiologist, recently explained the same in an Instagram video.

In a recent Instagram video, Dr Manickam spoke about Sushmita Sen’s heart attack and shed light on a possible cause of the deadly incident.

What are the potential causes of a heart attack?

 

Dr Manickam explained that heart diseases can occur when insulin – a hormone secreted by the pancreas which regulates blood sugar levels and allows the cells to absorb sugar in the form of energy – doesn’t work properly. Insulin resistance or insufficiency can cause diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and in the long run obesity.

Overtime, obesity can result in fat getting deposited along the blood vessels thereby blocking them and raising the risk of heart attacks. But the expert also named a cause which is often not taken seriously – it is stress.

How does stress raise heart attack risk?

 

In the video, Dr Manickam revealed that cortisol is just as detrimental as insulin when it comes to heart health. The stress hormone, when it is high, can cause the same issues as insulin resistance. And unfortunately, Indians are known to be more prone to heart diseases due to smaller blood vessels. Therefore, it is imperative to manage stress well.

How to reduce heart attack risk?

 

The expert shared a few tips for people with belly fat to reduce their risk of a heart attack.

  1. Get good quality insulin
  2. Ensure that your cortisol levels are low
  3. Have an early dinner – by 7pm
  4. Avoid eating late, any form of late-night snacks
  5. Get good quality 7 hours of sleep

Disclaimer: Tips and suggestions mentioned in the article are for general information purposes only and should not be construed as professional medical advice. Always consult your doctor or a dietician before starting any fitness programme or making any changes to your diet.

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