In the past few years many researchers have uncovered multiple reasons for how a person could get a heart attack and have also suggested ways of preventing it. For example, switching to a Mediterranean diet, consuming good fats and regular exercise are only some of the many recommended ways to reduce the risk of a heart attack. But, a new study reveals something rather surprising. The study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology found that younger women have longer hospital stays and are more likely to die in the hospital after a heart attack in comparison to men. Aakriti Gupta, a researcher at the Yale School of Medicine says, "Younger women are a vulnerable yet understudied group with worse cardiac risk profiles and worse outcomes after a heart attack as compared with younger men."In the study, Gupta and her team analyzed 230,684 hospitalizations for heart attack in patients aged 30 to 54 from a total of 1.1 million hospitalizations reported in a national database from 2001 to 2010.The study found that heart attack hospitalization rates for patients under age 55 have not declined as quickly as they have for Medicare-age patients, which have seen a 20 percent drop. It was found that older men were more likely to suffer from high cholesterol while women were more likely to fall victim to hypertension, diabetes and heart failure.
Gupta added, "This shows that we need to raise awareness of the importance of controlling cardiovascular risk factors like diabetes, high blood pressure and smoking in younger patients."Researchers concluded by saying that younger women may benefit from more aggressive control of modifiable cardiovascular risk factors like early identification and treatment of high blood pressure, high cholesterol, obesity, smoking and diabetes.With inputs from IANS
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