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Stress linked to coronary heart disease in women

Stress linked to coronary heart disease in women
April 11 (Agencies) | Publish Date: 4/11/2021 1:43:47 PM IST

 Psychosocial stress typically resulting from difficulty coping with challenging environments may work synergistically to put women at higher risk of developing coronary heart disease, a new study suggests.

The findings indicate that the effects of job strain and social strain, the negative aspect of social relationships  on women is a powerful one-two punch. Together they are associated with a 21 per cent higher risk of developing coronary heart disease.

“The Covid-19 pandemic has highlighted ongoing stresses for women in balancing paid work and social stressors,” said researchers Yvonne Michael, Associate Professor at Drexel University in the US.

The study also found that high-stress life events, such as a spouse’s death, divorce/separation or physical or verbal abuse, as well as social strain, were each independently linked with a 12 per cent and 9 per cent higher risk of coronary heart disease, respectively.

For the study, published in the Journal of the American Heart Association, the team used data from a nationally representative sample of 80,825 postmenopausal women.

In the current follow-up study, the researchers evaluated the effect of psychosocial stress from job strain, stressful life events and social strain (through a survey), and associations among these forms of stress, on coronary heart disease.

(IANS)

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