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Traumatic Experience Might Increase Women’s Risk of Heart Disease

By jeremyc | October 10, 2017

Women who experience three or more traumatic events are more likely to develop heart disease, especially after menopause, than women who experience fewer than 3 traumatic events. These are the findings of a new study.

In this study, the researchers noted below-par endothelial function in women who had experienced three of more traumatic events, compared to those who had experienced fewer.

Reduced endothelial function increases the risk of heart disease. Some studies have stated that often endothelial dysfunction occurs first and then atherosclerosis and that it seriously increases the chances of developing hypertension, or high blood pressure.

Previous studies had investigated how mental stress affects endothelial function, but there have been hardly any study that has studied the link between trauma and endothelial function. The researchers aimed to look into this association in this study, in which they checked data of more than 270 women. The participants included both perimenopausal and postmenopausal women. All of these women were non-smokers.

The researchers noted the endothelial function of women who had experienced three or more traumatic experience was poorer than women who hadn’t had that many traumatic experiences.

As the incidence rate of heart disease in postmenopausal women is quite high, healthcare providers should comprehensively discuss a patient’s history, and shouldn’t only ask about her physical health.

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