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Higher death risk for younger women with heart attacks

While younger women rarely have heart attacks, those who do face a greater risk of dying while in the hospital compared with men the same age - especially if they don’t present with the classic symptom: chest pain.

That’s according to a study published last Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association, which found that about 16 percent of women under 65 who had heart attacks without chest pain died in the hospital compared with 12.5 percent of men under 65. Those gender differences disappeared in those over age 65.

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