Heart disease have become the leading cause of death in the United States for men and women alike, been killing around 600,000 people each year. Coronary heart disease is the most common type of heart disease that kills nearly 300,000 people annually. However, new research suggests that young women with stable coronary disease who are under emotional stress – but not physical stress are more likely to have decreased blood flow to that heart than their male counterparts.
Stressed Woman at Work
Young working professional women with coronary heart disease who are under emotional stress are more likely to have reduced blood flow to the heart. The research was presented at the American Heart Association’s (AHA) Scientific Session 2014 recently.
In general terms, women tend to develop heart disease later in life than men, but younger women who had heart attacks earlier in their life are more likely to die at the similar age as that of men. This note was given by researchers, led by Dr. Viola Vaccarino of Emory University in Atlanta, GA.
What is more risky? There is risk factor that does not explain these differences. According to the research done via AHA, there are about 82 percent of people who die due to coronary disease. Moreover, their age must have been 65 or older, and older women who get heart attacks are more likely to die within a few weeks.
To further investigate about the matter as in how stress affects the women and their heart; the researchers have gathered 534 patients with the coronary heart disease – both men and women – take a uniquely designed mental stress test. This test involves imaging a stressful life situation and delivering a speech about the story in front of an audience.