Heartbreaking News: Heart Attack in Young Women

November 23, 2014 9:21 PM

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More than 17,000 medical professionals gathered in Chicago this week to participate in the annual scientific sessions of the American Heart Association. Five days of comprehensive education focused on the fight against cardiovascular disease, the leading cause of death for men and women in developed countries. The scientific program, replete with late breaking clinical trials, new devices, drugs, acute interventions and guidelines for treating existing heart disease was comprehensive; fewer reports detailed ways to prevent heart disease. This is understandable given that those with existing heart disease are at higher risk for subsequent events and almost 50 percent of the decrease in deaths over the past three decades is attributed to secondary prevention with novel interventions, devices and medications.

The biomedical community, economists and health care professionals understand that prevention of heart disease can yield even greater benefits. Speaking to this point, we know that the likelihood of suffering from heart disease increases with age, but, even as older Americans experience better than ...

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