By Charlie Fidelman
The average patient with a heart disease is usually about 64 years old, but a proportion — 25 per cent and growing — are showing up with blocked blood vessels and arteries at an average age of 49, and some are as young as 18 years old.
The test group study, conducted by McGill University Health Centre carried the traditional risk factors, a combination that can include a family history of heart disease, obesity, diabetes, smoking, high-blood pressure and cholesterol, all indications that these patients should be closely monitored, a leading cardiovascular epidemiologist told The Gazette Friday.
“Here are over 1,000 patients, who in principal should not be having a heart attack, especially young women,” said Louise Pilote, director of the division of internal Medicine for the MUHC. “Really young people are having heart attacks. Why?
In addition to being in the high-risk group for the disease (family history, obesity, diabetes), almost 50 per cent of the women in the study had limited education, a third were in a low income bracket, and another 30 per cent was unemployed.
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