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Why Are Heart Attacks Among Young Women on the Rise?

A study recently published in the journal of circulation reveals that young women are experiencing more heart attacks than ever before. The amount of heart-attack related hospital admissions of young patients (35-45)  in the US increased from 27% in 1995-99 to 32% in 2010-14. During this time, the number of women admitted jumped from 21% to 31%.

But Why? These findings are “particularly striking because the population is aging, and yet we’re seeing that a higher proportion of heart attack patients are young patients,” said Dr. Harmony Reynolds, co-leader of the Sarah Ross Soter Center for Women’s Cardiovascular Research. They believe that risk factors such as diabetes and high blood pressure have become more common among heart attack patients causing the uptick in younger patients. “We’re particularly seeing that [increase] among young women and especially young African-American women,” Reynolds added.

Another study released in 2018 found that among young adults 55 years or younger, women are more likely to experience lesser-known acute heart attack symptoms. Those who go to the doctor to speak about those symptoms don’t even realize that they are heart-related at all!

“Some people expect that heart attack is going to feel like it looks in the movies — like people are going to clutch their chest and lie down on the floor and feel horrible — and for some people, it’s a lot more subtle than that,” Reynolds said. “I saw somebody last week who felt a heart attack in her two front teeth.”

According to the American Heart Association, heart attack symptoms in women can also include:

  1. Uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain in the center of your chest. It lasts more than a few minutes, or goes away and comes back.
  2. Pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach.
  3. Shortness of breath with or without chest discomfort.
  4. Other signs such as breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or lightheadedness.


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