Abused childhood links to heart disease risk in adulthood

That is the latest study links the girl risk of heart risk and stroke to childhood sex abuse. Accordingly, girls who report having had forced sex at a young age have an increased risk of heart disease as adults, the percent is possible up to 62 percent compared with those who reported no abused childhood, reported the American Heart Association in Orlando, Florida.

Abused childhood increase risk of heart attack and stroke at women adulthood

In women involving early sex abuse, the biggest trouble is deeply childhood obsession. Furthermore, there also existed the behavioral changes which lead to stress or some biological changes occurring in some women, such as chronically elevated levels of hormones such as cortisol, noreprinephrine or epinephrine, said Cardiologist Nieca Goldberg of New York University’s Langone Medical Center.

So far, we know the single riskiest factor leads to cardiac disease is due to obesity. As reported by study coauthor Janet Rich-Edwards, an epidemiologist at the Harvard School of Public Health and Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, tendency of overweight can increase the heart disease risk because it’s associated with high blood cholesterol levels, high blood pressure and diabetes.

At the same time, the findings shows a higher rates of smoking, drinking, high blood pressure and diabetes concerns women with abuse at young. Take a typical of smoking, most people know that cigarette and tobacco smoking increases your risk of lung cancer, but few realize that it also greatly increases the risk of heart disease.

What should we do now?

Being aware of the serious level of sex abuse at young age and risk of heart attack later, we need to do better job screening and identifying child sexual abuse at an early age. There will also need more clear discussions about the long-term health implications of abuse. Especially, more significant studies on specific psychological, lifestyle and medical interventions should concentrate on abuse survivors.


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