The deadliest type of heart attack is now more common

A heart attack? ME????? But I’m not even that old!

I know it doesn’t seem likely when you’re just a little north of 60. After all, heart attacks are something that happen when you’re “older.”

With folks now routinely living into their 80s, 90s and beyond, you certainly don’t feel elderly when you’re in your early 60s.

But if you’ve gained a spare tire over the years… if you’re a little bigger than you should be… if you know you need to drop a few pounds but keep putting it off… you’re at risk risk right now, and your age doesn’t matter one whit.

If anything, being a little younger could HURT you!

New research shows the average age of heart attack patients is plunging, dropping from 64 years old back in 1995 to 60 years old today.

Making bad news even worse, these younger folks aren’t just suffering from any ol’ type of heart attack – like the ones where you clutch your chest, get rushed to the ER, and end up back home laughing about your big health scare a few days later.

They’re battling ST-elevation myocardial infarction, a.k.a. STEMI.

That’s when the coronary artery is blocked like a garden hose with a kink in it, completely cutting off the flow of blood from much of the heart.

It’s not just dangerous. It’s the absolute deadliest type of heart attack around – and can lead to lasting and even permanent disability if you survive.

While age and genetics can play a role in your STEMI risk, they’re not the main reasons folks are suffering from these devastating attacks at earlier-than-ever ages.

The reason is the same thing that’s driving the diabetes and heart disease epidemic: obesity.

Poor diets combined with expanding waistlines are setting the stage for serious heart problems earlier in life – including ones such as STEMI that used to strike typically much later in life.

The good news for you is that unlike age and genetics, obesity is something entirely within your control.

Even if you’ve really let yourself go over the years – even if you’ve thrown away your “skinny jeans” because you don’t think you’ll ever fit in them again – it’s not too late to turn it around, lose weight and slash your heart risk all at the same time.

I recommend a healthy Mediterranean diet. Not only is it rich in many of the foods you already love, but this healthy lifestyle has proven repeatedly in studies to slash the risk of serious heart problems, including heart attack, and help prevent stroke.

One major study a couple years back found that this back-to-basics diet can cut your risk of major cardiovascular events by a third – and your stroke risk almost in half – and you can read all about it in this free report from my House Calls archives.