Younger women appear to be more vulnerable [than men and older women] to the effects of stress on their heart. – Dr. Viola Vaccarino, Emory University
Health experts have long known that women tend to have a worse time recovering after a heart attack. Not until now have they been able to explain why. A new study in the Journal of the American Heart Association suggests that stress is harder on the hearts of young women. Women aged 50 and younger were found to have reduced blood flow to the heart, said Dr. Vaccarino.
The picture is still not very clear on why women do worse with stress, but his could be a great step in the right direction. Director of women’s heart health at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City agrees. Only 8 percent of the men in the study showed reduced blood flow to the heart compared to the on-third of women that did. Studies like this make you wonder if there are moments when you don’t feel stressed as a woman in her 30s, 40s, and 50s. It comes as a routine when you’re juggling work and family. Understanding our individual needs for support is pivotal for middle-aged women. Talk to a doctor about your stress levels on your next visit, or speak to a counselor if you’re feeling overwhelmed.