Women May Face a Greater Risk of Coronary Heart Disease From Stress

Women May Face a Greater Risk of Coronary Heart Disease From Stress

New findings published in the Journal of the American Heart Association by Drexel University researchers suggest that women are at higher risk for coronary heart disease due to stress from work and social relationships. Coronary heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States and develops when the arteries of the heart cannot deliver enough oxygen-rich blood to the organ. Findings showed that about 5% of women developed coronary heart disease during the 15-year study. When combined, job and social strains were associated with a 21% greater risk of heart disease among women. Researchers proposed that future studies examine the effects of shift work on coronary heart disease and assess how job demands affect women and men differently.

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