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November 13, 1954

Coronary Heart Disease in Young Adults: A Multidisciplinary Study

JAMA. 1954;156(11):1124. doi:10.1001/jama.1954.02950110086032

It is becoming increasingly evident that coronary artery disease is not confined to the older age group and therefore cannot be considered as one of the direct consequences of aging. Many cases in patients in the age group 20 to 40 years have been reported in the past 15 years. The authors of this monograph set up a coronary research project at the Massachusetts General Hospital in which only patients 40 years old or less at the time of myocardial infarction and less than 50 at the time of examination were studied. Of about 250 referrals, 100 patients were accepted and admitted to the hospital for the period of study. These were compared with a matched control group. Although a few definite conclusions were possible, many points were uncovered by this study that can be answered only by further research. The authors confirmed that coronary disease is rare in women

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