Heart Attack before 50 Ups Early Death Risk

People who suffer heart attacks at a young age should stick to their medications and their lifestyle to prevent the occurrence of fatal events.

Key takeaways:

  • The risk of early death after a heart attack for people younger than 50 years has fallen over the last 30 year but still remains twice as high as the general population.
  • Factors such as diabetes, obesity and high blood pressure raise the risk of early death.
  • Women had a three times greater likelihood of early death if they suffered a heart attack.

“It is well-established that individuals who have a heart attack at a younger age, even if surviving the initial episode, remain at higher risk for long-term mortality compared to those who have not had a prior heart attack,” said Dr. Gregg Fonarow, a professor of cardiology at the University of California, Los Angeles.

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