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Younger Women Suffering From Heart Disease

POSTED: Tuesday, March 1, 2011 - 5:13pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, March 1, 2011 - 6:35pm

The lifestyle many women in El Paso lead could be putting them at greater risk for heart disease.

Traditionally heart attacks, strokes and other forms of heart disease have been thought to be the problems of elderly men. This is not longer the case.

Sylvia Gatewood was admitted last night to the University Medical Center of El Paso after suffering a stroke. She is only 42 years old and said that she never thought she would be a victim of heart disease this young.

Women in their 40s, 50s and even 30s are the new victims of heart disease. It is a trend medical professionals are seeing more.

"I was very surprised I saw so many young people in their 40s having strokes and heart attacks,” said Carlos de Avila, RN nurse at UMC. “To me it was a very shocking moment ".

According to Omosalewa Lalude, MD, cardiologist at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center's Paul L. Foster School of Medicine, the risk factors have increased in prevalence among younger women. Risk factors include “diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol, obesity and lack of activity.”

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