According to the results of a new research, more young women are needing hospitalization for heart attacks compared to young and older men.
Statistics from heart.org states that cardiovascular disease accounts for almost 836,546 deaths each year, making it the “leading cause of death for both men and women in the U.S.
However, there are sex differences in the prevalence of some cardiovascular events, such as coronary heart disease — a cardiovascular condition that can ultimately lead to heart attacks.
Earlier research established that coronary heart disease is more dominant among men at any age, which may have led to the common view that “heart disease is a man’s disease.”
However, more recent studies have shown a steady increase in the number of young women who die of coronary heart disease.
The new research was published in the journal Circulation. It adds to the increasing proof that heart attacks are increasingly common among young women.
Lead author of the study is Dr. Sameer Arora, a cardiology fellow at the University Of North Carolina School Of Medicine, Chapel Hill.
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For the research, Dr. Arora and colleagues studied data on almost 29,000 people aged 35–74 years old who doctors admitted to hospital for acute myocardial infarction between 1995 and 2014.
The researchers discovered that the proportion of young patients who doctors admitted to the hospital for a heart attack gradually increased, from 27% in 1995–1999 to 32% in 2010–2014.
The study also found that this increase was even more extensive in women. This is because 21% of the heart attack hospital admissions were of young women at the beginning of the study, but this proportion jumped to 31% by the end of the research.
Also, the research revealed that young women were less likely to receive cardiovascular treatments than men, such as beta blockers, antiplatelet drugs, coronary angiography, or coronary revascularization.
Young women were also more predisposed to diabetes, high blood pressure (hypertension), and chronic kidney disease compared to young men.
Dr. Arora said, “Cardiac disease is sometimes considered an old man’s disease, but the trajectory of heart attacks among young people is going the wrong way, It’s actually going up for young women.”
“This tells us we need to focus more attention on the women.”
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