Cardiovascular Disease Among Women

Cardiovascular disease, which groups together coronary heart disease, stroke, congenital heart defects, and peripheral artery disease are the cause of 1 in 3 deaths in the U.S.

It is also the leading killer in both women and men in the U.S. seeing as it accounts for around 836,546 deaths each year. Even so, there are differences when it comes to sex and coronary heart disease.

According to research, coronary heart disease is more prevalent in men. The number may be the reason why some people believe that “heart disease is a man’s disease.”

However, there has been an alarming trend in the number of young women dying from coronary heart disease. New research from the University of North Carolina suggests that heart attacks are more common among young women. The research was presented to those at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions meeting in Chicago.

Cardiovascular Disease High In Young Women

Dr. Sameer Arora, a cardiology specialist at the school, is the lead author on the study. Dr. Arora and colleagues were able to examine data on around 29,000 people between the ages of 35 and 74. They were all admitted to hospitals for acute myocardial infarction between the years 1995 and 2014.

Researchers on the study were able to find out that the amount young patients who were admitted to hospital for heart attacks went up from 37 percent in 1995–1999 to 32 percent in 2010–2014.

Also, young were at a high risk for diabetes, hypertension, and also chronic kidney disease than men of the same age.

According to Dr. Arora, people consider heart disease as an old man’s disease. However, the trajectory of heart attacks among those her are young continues to rise. Especially so go young women.

However, Dr. Arora goes on to say that the findings are concerning. The doctor concludes that there needs to be more focus on this population.