Between age 45-65, heart is most important
Between age 45-65, heart is most important because we can just die of a heart attack. But, if we know the status of our heart, we can add between 15-30 years to our life.
Another thing very unique about our heart is that it has only three tubes, so called “plumbing”, which supply all the food and oxygen to the heart.
Unless we are born with the heart issues, we always have a healthy heart. So called “heart issues at birth”, either they are there when we are born, or we have absolutely “healthy brand-new heart”. There is no in-between stage. We cannot develop heart issues at 5 years of age.
What it means statistically? We do fine till approximately 45 years of age and as we grow old, blockage of heart 3 tubes increases, and some event can precipitate sudden blockage and cause sudden heart attack.
To be honest, we do fine till blockage is up to 70%.
Stress test is where doctors make us run on treadmill will always show that we are okay as long as the blockage is 70% or less…
Yes, it is positive if blockage is more than 70%.
What we need to worry about in old age?
After 50, we need to worry about: –
- Retirement funds
- Cost of healthcare
- Social support
- Loss of friends and spouse
- Any setbacks in family
Our heart is nice to us. It let us live even though if its own food supply is blocked up to 70%.
There are three tests which if we do once every five years starting at 35 years of age, (for Indian men at 30 years of age) we get right baseline. Basically, we do need a baseline also to compare.
Every five years, we have to check things against that baseline and 40 years of age for women. And, I will start screening them at 35 years of age to obtain the baseline.We will know literally 100% information about our heart.
These tests are simple, easy and affordable, and any good doctor plus good hospitals can do.
Everybody do remember that women heart is protected by female hormones – NATURE’s gift to women.
I have written the book on these 3 tests and it is already available on our website for Re. 1. It is available at Amazon.com also, titled-
Add 15 Years to Our Life
Can we? Yes, We Can!
Heart – 3 Important Tests
Blockage from 20%-70% takes 15-30 years. It’s a very slow process (blockage will happen sooner or later, if we live longer).
If we are not planning to live beyond 40 years, then there is no sense in wasting money. Eat well. Only we doctors know the medical consequences of: eating – less or more.
Please eat! Eat enough. Not less or not more, as defined by our body mass index.
We should worry about specific diet, may be, after the age 40.
Why care to live longer up to 85 today?
When we are 60 years, we are at the top of our game, ready to run a country, if we wish so or desire so.
Without any intervention, we can suddenly die at age 45 or at age 55 or even at 60 years of age.
With timely intervention (and last-minute intervention in India will bankrupt a family) we can add 30 more years of good life.
I will feel very stupid today as an MD, if I were to die suddenly from blockage of one heart artery when my mind is sharp and rest of my body is fine and with timely intervention I can live for 30 more years and my insurance will pay for everything.
It is easier to let go off anyone of us without having heart attack if we are at age 85, 90 or 95 years of age. Because by that time, our obligations are definitely fulfilled to our family, to friends, and to our community, and our country (especially for people living abroad, we do feel an obligation towards India).
Crazy thing about the heart is that even if one part of the heart does not work, rest of the heart can easily handle it, can easily jump the blood, but it is the sudden short circuiting of the electric circuit which makes heart a non-functional pump.
If we shock the heart, heart is reset and “walla,” we can live 30 more years!”
“It is that simple.”
We must give the shock within 5 minutes, but do you think such a thing will happen within 5 minutes in India?
We are lucky if we can get out of our neighbourhood even in 30 minutes.
“Ambulance”. Forget it. We may take 30 minutes just to find out availability of ambulance.
So, what is the answer?
The Answer is- we must know that, what is up or down with our heart.