Myocardial Infarcation in a Young Patient with High HDL-Cholesterol Level and No Other Risk Factors apart from Smoking
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Dicle University, Faculty of Medicine, Departments of Cardiology, Diyarbakır, Turkey
Dicle University, Faculty of Medicine, Departments of Internal Medicine, Diyarbakır, Turkey
Online publication date: 2004-04-15
Publication date: 2004-04-15
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Levent Özdemir   

Dicle University School of Medicine Department of Cardiology Diyarbakır, Turkey Phone number: +904122488001/49 52 Fax number: +904122488264
Eur J Gen Med 2004;1(2):55-58
There is a low incidence of myocardial infarction (MI) for those under 45 years old. Many risk factors have been described for MI. Some risk factors may be especially important for younger people. A 23 year-old young patient with acute anterior myocardial infarction and no prior symptoms was presented. The patient was treated with precutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty (PTCA). Although we investigated the risk factor in detail. We couldn’t find any risk factors apart from cigarette smoking. The patient had high HDL-cholesterol level and as it is known this eliminate one positive risk factor. The occurence of MI in a patient with high HDL cholesterol who has no other risk factors apart from cigarette smoking is a remarkable sample that cigarette smoking is an extremely important risk factor for young patients and that HDL cholesterol level is not sufficient enough to prevent the negative effects of this risk factor.
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