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How does stress affect heart disease in women?

Dr. Karol E. Watson, MD
Cardiologist (Heart Specialist)

Stress is a known risk factor for developing heart disease in women and for acute heart attacks. Most of the earlier evidence was on severely, acutely stressful events (like earthquakes) but it is now known that chronic, everyday stress can accelerate heart disease. Women can't always control the stress that comes their way, so they have to try to manage their reaction to it. Women should be encouraged to find their "go to" stress reliever. It may be exercise, yoga, meditation or something else. But women need to find their own special stress reliever. 

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