It’s no secret that stress is bad for you and bad for your heart; however, results of a new study suggest stress may be harder on women’s hearts than men’s. Of course, the doesn’t mean men are free from the problems of stress. Stress affects us all, so taking steps to manage it are essential for optimal health.
Published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology and conducted by researchers at Duke University, the study looked at the different psychological and cardiovascular responses to stress in men and women. It followed 56 women and 254 men who had been part of a previous study and measured their bodies’ responses to stress-inducing activities.
What researchers discovered could be a potential breakthrough for women’s health: During stressful activities, women were more likely to experience ischemia than men. Ischemia is when blood flow to the heart is reduced and is a leading factor in death from heart disease.
According to Wei Jiang, M.D., senior author and a professor of medicine, psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the Duke University School of Medicine, “Normally when under stress, we fight back or run away. In order to do that, we need to pump more blood to the body. According to the data, women were not reacting that way as well as men were.”
Researchers also found that blood platelets in women were becoming blocked more than men as a result of the stress. Build-ups of blood platelets can lead to heart attacks.
Understanding stress and how it affects us will allow future heart disease treatments to be tailored more towards the patient. This involves preemptive care as well. Olumia Life takes advantage of the latest proven findings to create a custom health plan for you. This can mean, the correct diet or methods of exercise, improving your Insulin Efficiency, or just getting you happy, we’ll make sure it can be used to maximum benefit.
In the case of ischemia and blockage from blood platelets, learning all the details and differences between their occurrence in men vs. women is important research and could help in, for example, the development of blood thinners.
“These differences may be potential reasons for differences in outcomes, and may also serve as avenues for further research,” said Dr. Wei, “This could be a signal that we have been looking for to treat heart disease better, especially in women.”
Reducing your risk of cardiovascular problems, like heart disease and stroke, is all part of the Olumia Life plan. Exercise, like strength training using the right type, variety, order, and progression, the right kind of diet and even optimizing sleep are all part of improving your health both now and later.
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