More Americans Under 40 Are Having Heart Attacks

April 29, 2019

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Some sobering news this morning as heart attack rates of people under 40 is rising. In fact, the proportion of heart-attack patients under age 40 has been climbing 2% every year for the last 10 years, according to findings presented at the American College of Cardiology’s annual scientific session last month. Ironically heart attacks are down overall in the United States thanks to statins and less smoking, in spite of the country’s obesity epidemic. Nevertheless, the upward trend for the younger demographics was troubling. The researchers tried to unearth the risk factors explaining the rise and said substance abuse might share part of the blame. The youngest patients were more likely to use marijuana and cocaine compared to slightly older counterparts, even if they drank less alcohol. Doctors say your risk of heart disease and heart attack can be reduced through prevention. Many people think that a heart attack is destined to happen, but the vast majority could be prevented with earlier detection of the disease and aggressive lifestyle changes and management of other risk factors, such as a good diet and exercise.  

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SOURCE: MarketWatch

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