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Younger Women Are Having More Heart Attacks Than Younger Men, Study Finds.

Younger women are having more heart attacks than younger men, according to a new study.

Researchers included more than 8,700 patients… ages 35-54… who were hospitalized for heart attack between 1995 and 2014.

During that time period, the overall incidence of heart attack increased significantly among people under 55  but while the annual numbers remained fairly stable for men, they jumped steadily among women. 

The researchers discovered that young women admitted for heart attack were more likely to have high blood pressure, diabetes, chronic kidney disease and other conditions that increase their cardiac risk.

They were also less likely to be receiving recommended medications or other treatments for these conditions.

The authors say clinical trials designed specifically for women are needed to understand their distinct cardiovascular risk profile. They also recommend expanding campaigns to increase awareness of heart disease risk in women.

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