Heart Attacks Early in Life May Cause Long-Term Health Risks for Women

Posted on November 24, 2015 by Disability Help Group

A recent study published in the JAMA Internal Medicine journal shows that women who survive a cardiovascular episode earlier in life still live with higher risk of death and disease. Researchers at the Leiden University Medical Center in the Netherlands reviewed health data from 1,168 women – 782 of which had no history of arterial thrombosis (arterial blood clot) and 386 who had suffered a cardiovascular episode at an average age in their early 40s.

Researchers tracked the participants’ health for a median period of 19 years, during which mortality and illness rates were recorded. Of the women in the control group who had not suffered a cardiovascular episode, their mortality rate was 2.4 per 1,000 person-years. This rate was 3.7 times higher for the 226 women who had previously survived a heart attack and 1.8 times higher for the 160 women who survived a stroke.

The women who survived prior acute heart events also had a higher lifetime risk of future cardiovascular events – 10.1 per 1,000 person-years for heart attack survivors and 2.7 for stroke survivors. The study also calculated the rate of cerebral events, finding a 1.9 per 1,000 person-years rate for heart attack survivors and 11.1 for stroke survivors. These rates were in comparison to the rates found in the control group.

The study concluded that surviving a heart attack or stroke at a relatively young age may put a woman at risk for future similar episodes. The doctors who authored the study caution that women in their 40s who survive a heart attack or ischemic stroke should monitor their health carefully and take to heart the importance of life-long prevention strategies.

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