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Younger Women More Likely to Die From Heart Attacks

Update Date: Dec 11, 2013 03:07 PM EST

Younger women ages 55 or below are more likely to be have and die of heart attacks compared to men or the same age group.

The latest study revealed that women ages 55 or below are more likely to be hospitalized and die within the first 30 days than men in the same age group.

Overall acute myocardial infarction (AMI) rates have dropped for both women and men from 2000 to 2009, according to the Canadia study. However, researchers found that the rate of acute myocardial infarction (AMI) rose by 1.7 percent per years for young women below the age of 55.

What's more, researchers discovered the higher 30-day mortality rate for young women compared to young men persisted throughout the study period.

"These findings highlight the need for more aggressive strategies to reduce the incidence of AMI and improve outcomes after AMI in younger women," Susan G. Kornstein, MD, Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Women's Health, Executive Director of the Virginia Commonwealth University Institute for Women's Health, Richmond, VA, and President of the Academy of Women's Health, said in a news release.

The findings are published in the Journal of Women's Health.

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