In this edition of EmpowHER's "HER Daily Dose", Bailey Mosier examines a study that finds that stress affects a woman's heart differently than the heart of a man.
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Stress has been shown to affect the hearts of women differently than those of men, and some recent research may explain the mechanics behind it.
Researchers from Penn State College of Medicine recently measured heart rate, blood pressure and heart blood flow in 17 healthy adults – men and women – and found that heart blood flow increases in men when they experience mental stress, but it does not change in women. This unwavering blood flow may mean women are more susceptible to heart problems while under stress and it might also explain why women tend to have more heart troubles after stressful events, such as losing a spouse.
The researchers note that their data and conclusions are preliminary, but say further research on these differences could someday lead to more targeted treatments and prevention efforts for women at risk of coronary artery disease.
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