More and more young women suffering a heart attack

Why is there more heart attacks in young women?

Heart diseases are a common cause of premature death in men and women. Often heart problems, especially heart attacks be brought, especially with older people, but according to a recent study, younger women are more and more frequently of heart attacks affected.

The scientists from the University of North Carolina and the Brigham and Women’s Hospital found in their investigation that the Rate of heart attacks in younger women increases sharply. The experts published the results of their study in the English journal “Circulation”.

Data from more than 28,000 patients were evaluated

For the investigation data from the Monitoring of heart attacks in hospitals for patients between the ages of 35 and 74 years were evaluated in four communities in Maryland, Minnesota, Mississippi and North Carolina. The researchers analyzed the records of more than 28,000 patients who were admitted between 1995 and 2014 because of a heart attack to the hospital. Of these patients, 30% (8.737 patients) were younger than 54 years.

More and more heart attacks in young women

The results show that the annual number of hospital admissions has increased for young people (between 35 and 54 years of age) between 1995 and 1999 from 27 percent to 32 percent between the year 2010 and 2014. In young women the increase was even more remarkable: the Young, women accounted for between 1995 and 1999, 21 percent of the reported heart attacks in women, between 2010 and 2014, there were but 31 per cent. In comparison, young men between 1995 and 1999 accounted for 30 percent of heart attacks, between 2011 and 2014, there were 33 percent.

Possible reasons for the Trend of heart attacks in young women

The authors of the study found that in young patients with myocardial infarction more and more frequently, two risk factors for heart disease, high blood pressure and Diabetes. In particular, 71 percent of young women with heart attack in the study of hypertension in the medical history, and 39 percent had Diabetes. In the case of young men who had a heart attack, were 64 per cent and 26 per cent. Both high blood pressure as well as Diabetes have been associated with obesity, which may be another factor for the increase of heart attacks in young people. Women under 54 years of age have a higher prevalence of obesity and Diabetes than men of the same age group, and the Trend continues to grow, say the experts.

Women are often not treated optimally

Of course, each person with Diabetes or hypertension under obesity, and patients with these risk is not suffering factors are often not detected and treated early. Even if women are identified with these disorders, it is not treated adequate. Therefore, their prognosis is not as good as the men.

What role does Stress play in heart attacks?

Stress can increase blood pressure directly and indirectly, this could also play a role. The occurring Stress may be triggered by traumatic or abusive situations, but also through work, domestic problems, and other lifestyle factors to arise, if there are no effective mechanisms to cope with.

How do I reduce the risk for heart attacks?