Thursday, May 3, 2012

Younger Women Have Higher Risk of Death with Heart Attacks

Younger women are more likely to have heart attacks without chest pain than younger men. If they have a heart attack, younger women are more likely to die from an acute heart attack. Especially if you are a woman who has a positive family history for heart attacks or strokes or risk factors such as high cholesterol, diabetes, obesity, and smoking, you should get screening tests such as the CardioRisk test that we provide at our offices or an ultra-fast CT scan to detect calcium deposits in coronary arteries. Early disease can be treated with improved lifestyle and perhaps with chelation therapy, which we find to be quite effective. See JAMA 2012;307:813-22.

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