CBS: Traumatic life events may threaten women's heart health

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Joan Lunden

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While stress is a known risk factor in cardiovascular health for both men and women, a recent ongoing study focuses on the impact traumatic life events can have on a woman's heart health.

Results from this study show life events that cause stress, such as marital infidelity, unemployment, financial issues, injury or death of a loved one, and the everyday worries that come along with being a parent increased the odds of a heart attack by more than 65 percent among middle-aged and older women.

I think it's really important for women (and men) to read this article and be aware of the impact stress can have on our heart and overall health. Take a look:

CBS News: Traumatic life events may threaten women's heart health

The death of a loved one, a life-threatening illness, or financial issues can be stressful events for anyone, but new research suggests they may have an especially negative effect on the heart health of middle aged and older women.

Researchers looked at 548 women, 267 of whom had a history of heart attack and 281 who did not, to determine possible psychological risk factors for heart attacks.

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About The Author
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Joan Lunden truly exemplifies today’s modern working woman. An award-winning journalist, bestselling author, motivational speaker, successful entrepreneur, one of America’s most recognized and trusted television personalities, this mom of seven continues to do it all. As host of Good Morning America for nearly two decades, Lunden brought insight to top issues for millions of Americans each day. The longest running host ever on early morning television, Lunden reported from 26 countries, covered 4 presidents and 5 Olympics and kept Americans up to date on how to care for their homes, their families and themselves.

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