Self-Silencing May Bring Women Higher Stroke Risk

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Do you find it difficult to express negative feelings? Do you often suppress your anger, pretending that you don’t feel upset? If so, you may want to let out your true feelings next time, as the latest study suggests that self-silencing might make you more vulnerable to a stroke.



About the study


In the study, the researchers studied 304 nonsmoking women who had gone through or were going through menopause to see whether self-silencing was associated with having plaques in carotid arteries, which can lead to stroke and other heart problems.


The researchers found that women who felt less able to talk about their needs or feelings in their relationships had a 14% higher risk of having plaques. And women with no observable plaques turned out to be more able to express themselves in their relationships.



About the results


Although the study didn’t prove a cause-and-effect relationship, the findings showed that greater self-silencing was associated with plaques, which could potentially lead to heart attack, stroke and other heart problems.


"Given increased public health interest in women's experiences in intimate relationships, our results suggest that women's socio-emotional expression may be relevant to their cardiovascular health," said Karen Jakubowski, Ph.D., lead author of the study.



"Studies like this one are valuable as they highlight the importance of understanding how a woman's emotional disposition can affect her physical health," said Dr. Stephanie Faubion, NAMS medical director.


So, it is essential for women to know the importance of expressing their feelings and needs in their intimate relationships, learn to let out their true feelings, and thus protect their heart health in midlife.


The study also brings healthcare providers new thoughts, as the results encourage healthcare providers to take into consideration socio-emotional factors when setting up a preventive care plan for their patients.


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Speak loud, women!
I firmly believe that woman need to speak up and vent instead of being meal not wanting to upset the person who keeps her nerves rattled. Or the guy who puts her down
I am a woman and I had a stroke at age 37, I think it was likely due to the birth control patch and pent up anger. I often wonder if I had blown up and let my anger out if I could have avoided the massive stroke.

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I also had my first struck at the age of 37 at the height of my career I was say terminal care nurse just started my new home health business with 1, 200 employees and tons of stress at it yes I believe this it's a big part of what caused my major stroke
No at the age of 66 I have had multiple Strokes and the doctor say it will continue when I allow my stress level to get out of hand
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