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Submitted: 16 May 2007 Modified: 17 January 2019
HERDIN Record #: PCHRDPC931853

Acute myocardial infarction in young Filipinos (Retroprospective study of 27 young Filipinos with acute myocardial infarction).

 Garayblas VEM,
 Mendoza RR,
 de la Paz AG,
 Reloza AD,
 Moreno FLl,
 Stransky E,
 Soto RC

Acute myocardial infarction in Filipinos 40 years old or less was described. Comparison with normal control subjects showed a statistically significant difference in nine parameters, namely: smoking, alcohol consumption, partly manual and heavy manual type of occupation, obesity, cardiomegaly, observed hypertension and elevated values of BUA, FBS and Hct. No association was found with civil status, place of residence, family history, hypercholesterolemia and hypertriglyceridemia.

Similarities between young and older AMI groups include predominance of the following: male sex, urban residents, married subjects, cigarette smokers and anterior wall site of infarction. The study group differed from the older AMI group with regard: hypertension, previous history of angina, alcohol consumption, obesity, cholesterol and triglycerides, FBS, Hct and incidence of arrhythmias. Other notable though statistically insignificant factors were predominance in the younger AMI group of partly manual and heavy manual workers and a zero death rate.

In conclusion, it appears from this study that AMI in young Filipinos does not entirely follow a pattern similar to their older counterparts. Stress and strain seem to play an important role in its development. Other contributory factors appear to be excessive alcohol consumption, cigarette smoking and elevated values of FBS and Hct.

We realize that we do not have all the answers to questions regarding AMI at an early age. However, we think we have laid emphasis on some definite information toward which direction further studies may prove fruitful. Pooling of data from several studies is imperative in order to reach more definite conclusions. Lastly, considering that AMI could strike down individuals in the prime of their productive lives, we believe that other studies such as ours would be vital and is urgently needed.(Summary and Conclusions)

Publication Type
Philippine Journal of Internal Medicine
Publication Date
October-December 1980
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