Heart Attacks Are On The Rise Among Young Women

The risk of having a heart attack appears to be rising among young women, according to a new study, and researchers are trying to figure out why.

When analyzed across five-year intervals, the overall proportion of heart attack-related hospital admissions in the United States attributable to young patients, ages 35 to 54, steadily climbed from 27% in 1995-99 to 32% in 2010-14, with the largest increase observed in young women, according to the study, published recently in the journal Circulation.
During those periods, there was a rise in these admissions from 21% to 31% among young women, compared with 30% to 33% among young men, the study showed.
A heart attack, or acute myocardial infarction, occurs when a part of the heart doesn’t receive enough blood. Each year, about 790,000 Americans have a heart attack, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and PreventionHeart attacks most often occur as a result of heart disease, the leading cause of death in the United States. Read More