ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – A new Cleveland Clinic study finds heart attack patients in the Midwest are getting significantly younger and heavier.

This study showed the average heart attack age dropped from 65- to 60-years-old with an increase in smoking rates among patients from 28 to 46 percent.

SLU Care cardiologist Dr. Michael Lim at SSM Health SLU Hospital explained that means people need to start being active now to prevent a heart attack.

“Being physically inactive and over weight is a bad thing,” Lim says. “It does increase your risk for having a heart attack, along with many other things.”

Lim also stressed for people to not smoke, because tobacco is still something that increases our risk of having a heart attack. .

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