Emotional Stress Hurts Women’s Heart Health

Heart disease is the #1 killer of both men and women. However, the link between emotional stress and heart health in women is different from the link between heart health in men. Emotional stress of any kind is bad for your health, as research has borne out.

However, women, when compared to men, have greater psychological risk factors for heart disease, including greater degrees of depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder. Women are more likely than men to develop mental disorders because of increased stress.

Any type of psychological or emotional stress has the ability to cause heart disease by many different mechanisms, including causing high blood pressure and hardening of the arteries (also known as atherosclerosis). These things are highly related to heart disease. They have a great impact on the future health, quality of life, and the recovery from heart disease in women who already are suffering from heart disease.

The latest research shows that young women are particularly vulnerable to having stress negatively affecting the heart, which means they run the risk of having early onset cardiovascular disease and poor outcomes if the heart disease is already a problem.

The Myocardial Infarction and Mental Stress Study (MIMS)