The 36-year-old son of Sylvester Stallone was found dead in his apartment on July 13.
The report went on to say that drug screening showed only a “subtherapeutic” (very low dose) of hydrocodone (Vicodin), which Stallone had been taking because of dental surgery he had two weeks before his death.
According to LA Now, Stallone “had a history of heavy smoking, but his family said he had cut back lately. He was most recently smoking an electric cigarette.”
Recent statistics from the American Heart Association reveal that 40,000 heart attack patients were between the ages of 35 and 44. About 10% of all heart attacks occur in men under 40.
Unlike their older counterparts, young men frequently don’t recognize their symptoms as being due to a heart attack.
Symptoms in younger individuals include:
A number of factors can put those under 40 at risk:
1. Family history of heart attack at a young age. Your risk increases if your father or a brother was diagnosed with heart disease before 55 years of age, or if your mother or a sister was diagnosed with heart disease before 65 years of age.
3. Smoking: Individuals under age 40 who smoke tobacco products have a five times higher chance of having a heart attack than nonsmokers. Smoking is the single most important cause of heart attacks in younger patients.
6. Taking birth control pills, especially among smokers: Birth control pills have been associated with a small increase in the risk of early heart attack in women. But when birth control pills are combined with smoking, there is a very large increase in risk. In fact, doctors should recommend that women who smoke should not take birth control pills.
You can assess your specific risk by using the American Heart Association risk assessment guide.