Gender Ethnicracial And Life Span Considerations

MI is the single largest cause of death among American men and women, including white, African American, and Hispanic/Latino populations. The risk of MI increases with age, and it occurs most commonly in people older than 45 years of age. MIs also occur in young adults, such as individuals who use cocaine, those who are insulin-dependent diabetics, and those who have hypercholesterolemia and a positive family history for early coronary disease.

Both men and women are at risk for MI. Women have higher morbidity and mortality rates after MI than men, possibly because they are older and have more preexisting diseases than men when the MI occurs. Women with chest pain also delay seeking treatment longer than men do.

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