Young Women Heart Attack

Young Women with Heart Attacks most likely to have NO Chest Pains

Women under 55 are more likely to have no chest pain when having a heart attack and also are more likely to have the highest risk of death from any heart attack group.  Dr John Canto (Lakeland Regional Medical Center, FL) is the head author of the recently published data in the Journal of the American Medical Association. They found that women are more likely to present without chest pain than men (42% vs 30%), but that this difference is more pronounced in younger women (under 55). The difference in symptoms at presentation between men and women declined with age, and in the older patients (over 75) there was little difference between the genders.

The second major finding of the study this February was that younger women having a heart attack have a higher death rate. “Younger women are not supposed to have an heart attack, but when do, they are at higher risk of death than the rest of the population,” Canto commented.

I think this goes to say that if young women are having heart attacks they just don’t know they are having a heart attack because of atypical symptoms. Therefore, this is the reason for higher death rates… they just don’t know!
It becomes so important to understand your risk of heart disease. The alternative is not fun to go through. Especially if you have high risk factors to heart disease which include family history of heart disease, diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, physically inactive, or overweight. This is where a carotid IMT would help people understand their risk of heart disease and stroke.

To your heart health success,

Diamond Fernandes

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