Heart attacks on the rise among young people, especially women

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/ Source: TODAY & # 39; HUI

By Linda Carroll

Shawn Sherlock was a healthy 44-year-old mother who ate well and ran regularly. But one morning in January 2017, while Sherlock was preparing breakfast for his two boys, his jaw began to hurt, and then excruciating pain fell on his left arm.

"I thought it could not be a heart attack," Sherlock recalls. "I am too young and healthy."

But something told Sherlock that she had better take it seriously. "I thought I did not want my boys to see me fall in front of them," NBC News told Boca Raton's Florida businesswoman.

Shawn Sherlock thought that she was in excellent health when she had a heart attack in January 2017 at the age of 44.Marcy Vanegas Photography

When her husband saw her, he realized that something was wrong and took her to the hospital. "A few hours later, I was in surgery and I had two stents to save my life," she said.

That morning, Sherlock joined the growing number of young women with heart attacks in the United States.

Heart attacks are on the rise among young people, especially women.

While deaths from heart disease have been steadily declining, these improvements have stabilized recently and researchers may at least partly know why: Heart attacks are on the rise among young people, especially women.

A new study reveals that between 1995 and 1999, 27% of people hospitalized for a heart attack were between 35 and 54 years old. Between 2010 and 2014, this number had risen to 32%, with heart attacks among women showing the largest increase, from 21 to 31%, according to a study published Tuesday in Circulation (and beginning online in November).

During the same period, heart attacks also increased in younger men, but less dramatically: in men aged 35 to 54, heart attacks increased from 30 to 33%. While the percentage of heart attacks occurring in young men has increased over the 20 years covered by the study, the actual number of heart attacks among men in this age group has decreased. Young women have not experienced a similar decline, researchers reported.

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