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Young Smokers at Increased Risk Of Developing a Heart Attack

by Medindia Content Team on  August 28, 2004 at 4:39 PM General Health News   - G J E 4
Young Smokers at Increased Risk Of Developing a Heart Attack
A new study shows smokers under age 40 are five-times more likely to suffer a heart attack as non-smokers their age. Researchers examined all non-fatal heart disease cases of study participants between the ages of 33 and 64 from 21 countries, 18,762 of which were men and 4,047 were women.
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Results showed 80 percent of participants who had suffered a heart attack were smokers between the ages of 35 and 39.In the study, smoking also accounted for 65 percent of non-fatal heart attacks in men and for 55 percent in women.

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Researchers say although the numbers may have one believe that women are at a lower risk, the truth is quite the opposite. Women have a more elevated risk perhaps because they are more sensitive to the effects of smoking.
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