Probe into Heart Attacks in Young People
specialists at the University of Leicester are spearheading research into why
some young people suffer heart attacks.
200 patients at Glenfield Hospital who have had a heart attack before the age of
50 will feature in part of the £35,000 study, which is being led by Professor
Nilesh Samani, Professor of Cardiology at the University.
said: "More than 5,000 people per year under the age of 55 die from
coronary heart disease. New research is therefore vital to help young people
avoid premature heart attacks in the future."
attacks occur when blood clots form over ruptured areas of the coronary
arteries, blocking the flow of the blood to the heart muscle.
older people, it is commonly caused by coronary heart disease - a narrowing of
the arteries - but in younger sufferers the amount of fatty build-up is often
the Leicester team hopes to compare younger heart attack patients with 200 who
have not had attacks, so they can determine whether some people have blood which
clots too easily, leaving them
prone to a heart attack.
the long term, the research may help doctors to identify people at risk and
prescribe blood-thinning drugs to help stop future heart attacks.
may also help existing heart patients by preventing further attacks.
Sir Charles George, medical director of the British Heart Foundation, said:
"We are delighted to be able to invest in research based in Leicester that
will hopefully help us to understand
said that people can reduce their risk of heart disease and heart attacks
through three different lifestyle changes. These are: stopping smoking, taking
part in physical activity for 30 minutes a day,
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