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"Heart Attacks Rising Among Younger Women" - Amy Norton

  • HealthDay
  • New York, NY
  • (February 19, 2019)

Younger U.S. women are suffering heart attacks at a higher rate now than 20 years ago, even while the picture has improved for younger men. Those are the key findings from a new study published in Circulation of four U.S. communities, in which researchers report the heart attack rate among women younger than 55 has steadily inched upward since 1995. In contrast, the rate dipped among men in that age group. It's not entirely clear why heart attacks rose among younger women, but the study period spanned a time of increasing obesity rates nationwide. Suzanne Steinbaum DO, director of women’s cardiovascular prevention, health and wellness at The Mount Sinai Hospital said, "Obesity, high blood pressure and diabetes all seem to be more detrimental to women. Exercise is the best medicine. Make the time, as best you can, to get that 150 minutes of activity every week."

 — Suzanne R. Steinbaum, DO, Senior Faculty, Medicine, Cardiology, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, Director, Women’s Cardiovascular Prevention, Health and Wellness, The Mount Sinai Hospital]

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