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Last updated on Tuesday, January 21, 2014
(UNDATED) - An Indiana cardiologist says incidents of Hoosiers with heart disease and heart attacks are rising among people in their 40s and even 30s.
Dr. Michael Ball of St. Vincent Medical Group says more women are dying of heart disease than men. However, he says he's seeing more risk factors like diabetes, hypertension and obesity which all contribute to heart disease across genders.
Dr. Ball says fewer people are exercising while eating more and more unhealthy, high-caloric foods.
Ball says he even sees people in their 20s and even teens with heart attacks associated with risk factors and lifestyle. In some of those cases, he says blood clots and drug abuse may play roles.
However, the rise isn't as pronounced as in older Hoosiers.
Ball says heart disease does have a hereditary component. He says plaque buildup in arteries is often preventable through proper lifestyle and medication.
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