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Stress May Have Greater Effect on Cardiovascular Health in Women Than in Men

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Investigators from Emory University have determined that mental stress has a larger impact on peripheral vessels in women than in men, based on a study published in Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology. The study set out to find the extent of stress-induced vasoconstriction. The results revealed that in women the reduced blood supply to the heart during mental stress was a result of constriction of peripheral blood cells. However, in men, elevation in blood pressure and heart rate during mental stress led to reduce blood supply in the heart. The researchers advise that given the gender differences, health professionals need to attend to the burden of mental stress among female patients  with heart disease. Read more at the Medical Net article.