Frightening Trend Shows A Rise Of Heart Attacks In Younger Women

Helen Storms

For many years, heart attacks have been primarily associated with older people, typically those in their 60s and up. The risk is, of course, even higher for those who have known cardiac issues or other previous health ailments. However, a young woman who maintains a balanced diet and healthy lifestyle certainly wouldn't expect to have to worry about such risks. This was the case for 44-year-old mother of two Shawn Sherlock, according to Today.

Sherlock considered herself to be a generally healthy person. With two young boys, she was kept on her toes and stayed very active. She ate healthy and frequently ran to stay in shape. One morning at breakfast, she experienced a strange pain shooting down her left arm and knew something was terribly wrong. She recognized the signs immediately but didn't want to believe it. After all, she was young and had no critical health problems that she knew of. Upon being rushed to the hospital, she was told she was suffering from a heart attack.

"I thought, this could not be a heart attack. I am too young and healthy. I thought, I don't want my boys to see me drop dead in front of them. Within a few hours I was in surgery and getting two stents to save my life."

"The main message to women is you shouldn't think you're too young for a heart attack. There has always been a misconception that this is just a man's disease. And that leads to women being underdiagnosed and undertreated."