Heart attacks hit young women harder than men
Women may be more likely to have a longer hospitalization time and higher risk of death following a heart attack than do men, according to a new study.
Scientists from Yale School of Medicine analyzed data on more than 230,000 male and female heart attack patients between ages 30 and 54. The hospitalization records were reported in a national database that took place between the years 2001 and 2010.
The researchers found that women were more likely than men to have coexisting medical conditions such as hypertension, diabetes and heart failure. Men were found to be more likely to have high cholesterol, and all patient groups saw increases in high blood pressure.
The findings, published online in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, suggest that women and their health care providers should place more importance on early identification and treatment of modifiable cardiovascular risk factors, such as smoking, obesity and high cholesterol. Young women and black women, in particular, were found to be particularly understudied groups with worse risk profiles and post-heart attack outcomes than men.