Study Reveals Increasing Number Of Young Women Suffer From Heart Attack
Young women seem to be at greater risks of suffering heart attacks, suggests a new study. An analysis was done with a 5-year-long interval, which showed that hospital admissions related to heart attacks in young people aged between 35 and 54 in the US rose from 27% in 1995–1999 to 32% in 2010–2014. Rise in admissions of young women rose from 21% to 31% and from 30% to 33% in young men. Senior study author Melissa Caughey Dr. Harmony Reynolds both said that although population is aging, risks of heart attacks are increasing among younger generation.
Acute myocardial infarction or heart attack occurs when enough blood flow to a part of heart stops. It is often caused due to heart diseases and is the leading cause of deaths in US, taking about 790,000 lives annually, says CDC. 85% of global deaths due to cardiovascular diseases are because of strokes or heart attacks, says WHO. The new study analyzed data on 28,731 heart-attack related hospital admissions of patients between ages 35 and 54 from 1995 to 2014.
ARIC provided the information about hospitalizations in 4 communities—8 northwest Minneapolis suburbs; Jackson, Mississippi; Washington County, Maryland and Forsyth County, North Carolina. Annual heart-attack related incidents reduced in men and increased in women during 1995–2014, the study found. Compared to men, more women were found to be non-smokers, black, more likely of having medical insurances and at greater risks of strokes, chronic kidney problems, diabetes and hypertension. High BP, Type-2 diabetes and obesity could also be contributing factors to the rise in heart attacks in young females, said Dr. Nieca Goldberg. Also women are less likely to receive medications that prevent clotting or lower cholesterol.
Female population may show symptoms like sweating and nausea and other acute symptoms like lightheadedness, discomfort or pain in stomach, jaw, neck, back or both/one arm in addition to chest pains that are not typically associated with heart attacks. Lack of proper awareness also increases risks of heart attacks.