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Equal stress effect on both genders in heart disease

Oct
05

Date: October 5th, 2017

 

Stress is a major cause of heart disease. A research at UCLA found no difference between both genders when it comes to stress on heart disease risk. This means that men and women stand the same risk of developing heart conditions from stress. It is that imperative that everyone do whatever they can to avoid stress.

Heart condition risk proven to be equal between men and women

In a study whose findings were published in The American Journal of Cardiology. The study had an aim to examine whether biomarkers were associated with the inflammation in arteries leading to the heart, which shows that one has a heart disease. These biomarkers include dopamine, norepinephrine, and cortisol, which are urinary stress hormones.

Researchers checked to see if there was a gender that more affected than the other and there was no much difference in the effect of stress as the risk factor of coronary heart disease between men and women. This means that when teaching a potential health provider CPR for heart problems, it doesn’t matter if he or she will be handling women or men; the vulnerability is the same hence the teaching is the same.

The survey had about six hundred and fifty man and women, 53 percent being women, from the Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis. The Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis, whose short form is (MESA), is a study with more six thousand men and women who come from six different communities. The participants are from the six communities, which are universities.

The comparison between men and women

On average, women had higher levels of urine stress hormones than men as expected. However, the association of stress and coronary heart disease was the same for both men and women, which mean the effect of stress as the risk factor of coronary heart disease.

This study was the first research on heart disease to associate the urinary stress hormones and changes that happen on the arteries leads to them blocking and subsequently leading to coronary heart disease. Urinary stress hormones are very effective to use for this research since these hormones have been used for a long to research about biological organisms.

The research showed that urinary cortisol, which cannot be used to predict any non-cardiovascular, can be used to predict the coronary heart disease whereby if a person has high levels of urinary cortisol is likely to die because of a heart disease like stroke or heart attack.  The research also showed that dopamine worked against heart disease risk whereby in high levels, it associates with lowering the chance of getting coronary calcium. Dopamine has even used a medicine because of its activity against heart disease.

Following the findings of this study, you can be well advised to do things that make you happy. For example, exercise enhances the release of the feel-good hormones that in turn hinder the release of the feel bad hormones like cortisol, which causes stress.

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