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STUDY: Younger Women Hospitalized Longer, Have Worse Outcomes After Heart Attacks

Fred Bodimer
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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Each year, 30,000 women in the U.S. are hospitalized each year due to a heart attack, and women between ages 30 and 54 are hospitalized longer and with worse outcomes than men of the same age.

The heart attack rate for older Americans is falling, but “younger women actually look like a group of patients who don’t necessarily enjoy those same trends,” says St. Louis University Care cardiologist Dr. Michael Lim at St. Louis University Hospital.

Lim says compared to young men, women between the ages of 30 and 54 have pretty high hospitalization rates.

“And when they get hospitalized for their heart attack, they have a lot more things like high blood pressure and diabetes that complicate their hospitalization,” he says.

These findings suggest prevention efforts need to be stepped up to younger women, he says.

“One can wonder whether we’re starting to see early effects from these trends that we’ve been noticing about an increase rate in blood pressure, or high blood pressure, an increase rate in diabetes, a decrease in exercise and physical fitness, starting to show the early signs in the group patients who are younger and women,” Lim says.

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