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Younger, Female Heart Attack Survivors Face Higher Risk Of Mental Stress-Induced Myocardial Ischemia

November 30, 2013

Younger, Female Heart Attack Survivors Face Higher Risk Of Mental Stress-Induced Myocardial Ischemia.

I found this article on Huffington Post today.  It describes a recent study done at Emory University exploring differences between men and women heart attack survivors between the ages of 39 and 59.  It’s a small study, less than 100 participants total, but it is an important step in elucidating what the important differences between men and women recovering from heart attacks are.  Up until recent years research focused on middle aged men almost exclusively, perhaps explaining why my first cardiologist tried to tell me chest pain associated with anxiety or emotion probably wasn’t cardiac related.  I wish I could send him this article.

For the record, I am 47 years old.  I survived a heart attack shortly after I turned 44.  Mental stress still causes a significant portion of my angina pain and definitely causes worse angina than exertional stress in my case.

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