Myocardial infarction in the young: A sex-based comparison

Fabiola B. Sozzi, Gian Battista Danzi, Luisa Foco, Marco Ferlini, Marco Tubaro, Michele Galli, Patrizia Celli, Pier M. Mannucci

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A relative paucity of information concerns the natural history, clinical features and coronary anatomy in young patients with acute myocardial infarction. In particular, there is a dearth of data relating to sex differences in young patients. The objective was to evaluate whether or not there are correlations between the clinical characteristics and the extent and localization of coronary artery lesions in young men compared with young women. The study population consisted of 1646 young patients (87% men, 13% women; mean age 39±5 years) with a first acute myocardial infarction admitted to one of the 125 coronary care units of Italy in a period of 3 years. Clinical data were collected. All patients underwent coronary angiography during hospitalization. Smoking, hypercholesterolemia and obesity were significantly more prevalent in men than in women; physical inactivity was significantly more prevalent among women. Hemodynamically significant coronary stenosis occurred in 82% of patients and were more frequent in men than in women (P

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)429-431
Number of pages3
JournalCoronary Artery Disease
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2007


  • Coronary angiography
  • Myocardial infarction
  • Sex
  • Young patients

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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