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Decline in US heart disease slows in younger adults, study finds

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h4616 (Published 26 August 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h4616
  1. Michael McCarthy
  1. 1Seattle

Despite a marked decline in coronary heart disease (CHD) mortality over the past three decades in the United States a study has found that most of this decline has been due to a reduction in death rates among older men and women but not among younger adults, particularly younger women.

CHD is common in younger adults and women, the researchers noted: patients aged under 50 accounted for as many as 22% of US hospital admissions for acute coronary syndrome, and women under 55 accounted for 25% of all admissions for acute myocardial infarction.

In the study Viola Vaccarino, senior author, from Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health in Atlanta, Georgia, and colleagues used mortality data on all people aged 25 or older in the US from …

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