Women who bottle up their emotions increase their risk of a stroke, study warns


WOMEN who bottle up their emotions increase their risk of a stroke, a new study warns.

Researchers found a link between inhibiting self-expression with greater carotid plaque build-up in the arteries — which could lead to a stroke or other cardiovascular problems.

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They say some women stay silent to avoid conflict or the break-up of relationships.

The middle-aged are particularly at risk, the boffins found.

The study focused on 300 women who had gone through or were going through menopause and who did not smoke.

The findings showed greater “self-silencing” was linked to increased odds of plaque — regardless of socio-demographics, cardiovascular disease risk factors and depression.

Study lead author Dr Karen Jakubowski, of the University of Pittsburgh in the US, said: “Our results suggest women’s socio-emotional expression may be relevant to cardiovascular health.”

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