A 35-year-old Army personnel, who was on leave in his native village in Madhya Pradesh, collapsed and died of a heart attack while playing cricket on Sunday. The incident has raised concerns about the prevalence of ‘silent heart attacks’ among young individuals.
Lance Naik Vinod Banskar Complained of Chest Pain During Cricket Match
According to his elder brother Jagdish Banskar, Lance Naik Vinod Banskar had gone to play cricket in the neighbouring village of Birau on Sunday afternoon, where he complained of chest pain. His family members then took him to Tikamgarh’s district hospital, where he died later that night. Vinod was posted in Saharanpur in Uttar Pradesh and was scheduled to return to duty in the first week of February.
Silent Heart Attacks Often Go Unnoticed and Undiagnosed
Dr Yogesh Yadav of the district hospital confirmed that Vinod died of a heart attack. He said that silent heart attacks, which occur without any obvious symptoms, are more common than people think and often go unnoticed and undiagnosed. Silent heart attacks can damage the heart muscle and increase the risk of future heart problems and death.
Some of the possible signs of a silent heart attack are:
- Persistent and unexplained fatigue during routine activities
- Sudden breathlessness without physical exertion
- Mild, intermittent discomfort in the arms, neck, jaw, or back
- Persistent nausea, coupled with lightheadedness or dizziness
- Profuse sweating unrelated to the environment or exertion
Experts Advise Regular Check-ups and Healthy Lifestyle to Prevent Heart Attacks
Experts advise that people, especially those who have a family history of heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or obesity, should get regular check-ups and screenings to detect any heart problems early. They also recommend following a healthy lifestyle that includes:
- Eating a balanced diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins
- Avoiding smoking, alcohol, and drugs
- Managing stress and anxiety
- Exercising moderately for at least 30 minutes a day
- Getting enough sleep and rest
Army Pays Tribute to the Deceased Soldier
The Army paid tribute to the deceased soldier and expressed condolences to his family. A spokesperson said that Vinod was a brave and dedicated soldier who served the nation with honour and distinction. He said that the Army will provide all the necessary support and assistance to his family in this difficult time.