Death of ‘healthy’ Jamia Nagar man due to cardiac arrest comes as shock to many in Okhla
The death of a “healthy” man due to cardiac arrest sent shockwaves across locality, including his friends and family members, in Okhla, according to sources.
Khaleelullah Masjid resident Abdul Jabbar, 48, died of heart attack on Monday at 1 pm, said Wahab Malik, who knew him for years.
He said he was rushed to a local hospital where doctors declared him brought dead. Jabbar, known in the locality as he was owner of Green Tent, was laid to rest at Batla House graveyard after isha prayer.
Mahmood Ahmed, who also knew Jabbar for years, said people are shell shocked at his sudden passing away from cardiac arrest. He was healthy and had no health issues as far as I am aware of, said Ahmed, adding that a few months ago he was hospitalised in a local hospital for some ailment.
“On Monday he was fine and till 12 pm he was interacting with his friends and spoke with him over phone. I met him on Sunday for some work and he was fine. A friend, who was talking with him at 12 pm, told me that he left the spot for his house and it was here that he had heart attack. Suddenly he started sweating profusely and his blood pressure was up. It was then that his condition started deteriorating with his family members zipping him to Holy Family Hospital. But he appears to have died on way as doctors declared him brought dead,” said Ahmed.
He has left behind two children and a wife, said Malik.
The death of actor Sidharth Shukla at a young age following a heart attack had sparked debate among doctors and in the media about people dying of sudden cardiac arrest.
Cardiologists said they have, over the last decade, seen an increase in persons suffering heart attacks in their 20s and 30s.
Dr Kader Sahib Ashraf, Senior Interventional Cardiologist, Apollo Hospitals, Tiruchy, as reported by New Indian Express, said: “I started practising 15 years ago. In the first few years of my practice, we would very rarely see patients in their 30s. We would all gather around to decide about the treatment. Now, it has become very common. What I have observed in the past 10 years is that youngsters without risk factors are also getting heart attacks.”
Fifty per cent of all heart attacks in Indian men occur under 50 years of age and 25 per cent of all heart attacks in Indian men occur under 40 years of age, claimed the report.
“Indians have a higher tendency/risk to coronary artery disease. If people get heart disease in their 60s in western countries, Indians get it in their 50s, and now, the age is much lower. Another reason is that Indians have smaller blood vessels (coronary arteries) than people in the West. Add to that, risk factors like premature diabetes, obesity, accelerated atherosclerosis (deposit of fat in the blood vessels) and a young person suffers heart attacks,” he said.