Collection: CME Articles

Review Articles

Not All Heart Attacks are Created Equal: Thinking Differently About Acute Myocardial Infarction in the Young



Cardiovascular disease, particularly myocardial infarction, remains a major cause of morbidity and mortality among young individuals. Although myocardial infarctions have declined significantly in the general population, this decline has not been uniformly observed in younger cohorts. Young adults often have different risk factors, including a higher burden of tobacco use and substance abuse, and they are less likely to be treated with preventive therapies since they are often categorized as having low risk. This review examines the existing literature on myocardial infarction in young patients, with a focus on risk factors, therapeutic challenges, and opportunities for prevention.


acute myocardial infarctionadultscoronary atherosclerosisrisk factorssex differencesyouth
  • Year: 2021
  • Volume: 17 Issue: 4
  • Page/Article: 60-67
  • DOI: 10.14797/mdcvj.345
  • Submitted on 22 Mar 2021
  • Accepted on 13 Jul 2021
  • Published on 24 Sep 2021
  • Peer Reviewed