Stress Is Harder On Young Women’s Hearts, Study Finds
By: Bahar Gholipour
Published: 11/19/2014 10:14 AM EST on LiveScience
CHICAGO — Young women with heart disease may take a harder hit from mental stress compared with their male counterparts, a new study suggests.
The researchers said the effects of psychological stress, which don’t show up on heart patients’ regular medical tests, may partly explain why women with heart disease are more likely to die from heart attacks than are men with heart disease.
“There’s a very interesting paradox concerning young women and chronic heart disease,” said study researcher Dr. Viola Vaccarino, chairwoman of cardiovascular research and epidemiology at Emory University’s School of Public Health in Atlanta, Georgia. “They have higher mortality and complication rates after heart attacks compared with men of the same age,” despite having fewer risk factors for heart disease, she said. [11 Tips to Lower Stress]
In the study, 534 patients with coronary heart disease ages 38 to 79 underwent a mental stress test, as well as a conventional physical stress test, while their hearts were being monitored.
For the mental stress test, the researchers asked the patients to give a speech in front of a small group of people —> Read More Here