Stress may be especially hard on hearts of younger women with heart disease, Research suggests

Stress may be especially hard on hearts of younger women with heart disease, Res

New research suggested that stress could be mainly hard on young women’s hearts, suffering from heart disease.

Researchers gave a mentally stressful public speaking assignment to about 700 men and women suffering from heart disease and measured their blood flow to the heart.

Study leader Dr. Viola Vaccarino, chair of epidemiology at Emory University Rollins School of Public Health in Atlanta, said that women aged 50 or below had roughly four times more odds in comparison to same-aged men or older women of possessing a decreased blood flow to the heart.

She mentioned that medically called myocardial ischemia, reduced blood flow can cause heart attack.

Vaccarino said that younger women apparently are more at risk of suffering stress effects on their heart in comparison to men and older women.

For long, experts were aware that after a heart attack, younger women experience worse outcomes than same aged men, but failed to fully explain it. She added that the latest finding could be helpful in closing that gap.

While agreeing to the same, Dr. Suzanne Steinbaum, director of women's heart health at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City said that the latest study may offer some missing information.

Steinbaum, also a spokeswoman for the American Heart Association program Go Red for Women, said, “I don't think we have the full picture of why young women do worse, but I believe this can definitely be a piece to the puzzle”.

During the course of the study, researchers assessed 686 patients, belonging to the age group 34 years to 79 years, with stable heart disease. A number of them had heart attacks, while others suffered conditions like angina (chest pains).

She mentioned that they asked the participants to give a speech on a topic given by them. They instructed the audience to respond negatively, adding to their stress.

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