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Heart Health

14 November 2011

Abused girls have high risk of heart disease

Sexually and physically abused girls may have higher risks for heart attacks, heart disease and strokes as adults, according to research.

Sexually and physically abused girls may have higher risks for heart attacks, heart disease and strokes as adults, according to research presented at the American Heart Association's Scientific Sessions 2011.

  • Repeated episodes of forced sex in childhood or adolescence had a 62% higher risk of cardiovascular disease as adults.
  • Severe physical abuse in childhood or adolescence was associated with a 45% increased risk of cardiovascular events.

"The single biggest factor explaining the link between severe child abuse and adult cardiovascular disease was the tendency of abused girls to have gained more weight throughout adolescence and into adulthood," said Janet Rich-Edwards, Sc.D., M.P.H., lead author of the study and associate professor in the Department of Medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, Mass.

 

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