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Women and heart attack
Women and heart attack

Younger women — ages 18 to 55 — represent only a fraction of the nation's 720,000 heart attacks each year. About 35,000. But they have a significantly more difficult recovery. The reason? Stress. A Yale University study published this month in Circulation, a journal of the American Heart Association, found that young women heart attack survivors were in worse shape a month out than their male counterparts. They had more chest pain, less physical function and a lower quality of life. And they were more likely to report a significantly higher level of mental stress. According to the report, women heart attack sufferers were more likely to report family conflict,...