Smokers Have Heart Attacks Earlier Than Nonsmokers

November 12, 2012

Smokers Have Heart Attacks Earlier Than Nonsmokers

A new report which was recently published online before publication in the American Journal of Cardiology, states that smokers suffer heart attacks at an earlier age than non smokers. The report also points out that females are more likely to have complications after a heart attack.

The study examined medical records at the University of Michigan Medical Center from 1999 until 2006. They found that of 3,588 patients who suffered a heart attack during that time about 24% were smokers. It was also noted that, on average, male smokers had heart attacks nine years earlier in their lives than non smokers. For women the figure was thirteen years younger.

A further finding identified that emergency treatment was required by13.5% of female smokers to stabilize blood flow to the heart. For men that figure was only 4.4%.

Lead author and cardiology fellow, Dr. Michael Howe, highlights that when treating heart attack patients there is a requirement to be especially observant when treating women. He says, “The differences in outcomes among women smokers may reflect inherent biological differences between genders, or possibly less aggressive medical management of women that’s been described by other investigators. Either way, it clearly emphasizes the need for increased physician awareness and vigilance, in women in particular, after an acute coronary event”.

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