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Background: Adults <55 years comprise a quarter of all acute coronary syndromes (ACS) hospitalisations. There is a paucity of data characterising this group, particularly sex differences. This study aimed to compare the clinical and risk profile of patients with ACS aged <55 with older counterparts, and measure short-term outcomes by age and sex. Method: The study population comprised patients with ACS enrolled in the AUS-Global Registry of Acute Coronary Events (GRACE), Cooperative National Registry of Acute Coronary Syndrome Care (CONCORDANCE) and SNAPSHOT ACS registries. We compared clinical features and combinations of major modifiable risk factors (hypertension, smoking, dyslipidaemia, and diabetes) by sex and age group (20–54, 55–74, 75–94 years). All-cause mortality and major adverse events were identified in-hospital and at 6-months. Results: There were 16,658 patients included (22.3% aged 20–54 years). Among them, 20–54 year olds had the highest proportion of ST-elevation myocardial infarction compared with sex-matched older age groups. Half of 20–54 year olds were current smokers, compared with a quarter of 55–74 year olds, and had the highest prevalence of no major modifiable risk factors (14.2% women, 12.7% men) and of single risk factors (27.6% women, 29.0% men), driven by smoking. Conversely, this age group had the highest proportion of all four modifiable risk factors (6.6% women, 4.7% men). Mortality at 6 months in 20–54 year olds was similar between men (2.3%) and women (1.7%), although lower than in older age groups. Conclusions: Younger adults with ACS are more likely to have either no risk factor, a single risk factor, or all four modifiable risk factors, than older patients. Targeted risk factor prevention and management is warranted in this age group.

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Heart Lung and Circulation

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