Young females are suffering from a new form of heart attack – women who are otherwise healthy. Scary but for a yet unknown reason women (average age 52) have had sudden rupture of their coronary arteries (vessels that supply the heart muscle). One or more of the inner layers of the vessels just blows out! Seen rarely in men, this condition accounts for over 1,000 heart attacks in UK (350 in Canada) at present. It is only just now beginning to be recognized and counted. Emotional and hormonal factors have been implicated but not confirmed. So please think that your chest pain could be serious – especially if you engage in extreme physical exercise or stress, and be extra vigilant if you are pregnant.

Remember having cardiac disease risk factors (such as obesity, high blood pressure, Diabetes, smoking) is not a prerequiste. You can be completely healthy and out of the blue – suddenly comes a heart attack.