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Financial stress linked to heart disease risk among African Americans


Coronary heart disease (CHD) is the leading cause of death in the U.S., and African Americans are disproportionately affected. Prior studies have investigated how limited access to material resources due to financial hardship may influence health, but the association between that stress caused by financial hardship and coronary heart disease in African Americans has not previously been examined.

In a new study which examined data from 2,256 participants of the Jackson Heart Study, a longitudinal cohort study of cardiovascular disease risks in African-American men and women living in the Jackson, Miss., area, researchers examined the association between…

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Up to a year after pregnancy, race disparities in stress, recovery persist | News


By Lisa Rapaport

(Reuters Health) – A year after giving birth, African-American mothers may have more signs of physical and mental stress that can raise the risk of chronic disease, compared with white or Latina women, a small U.S. study suggests.

Researchers focused on so-called cardiometabolic risk factors that over the long-term cause “wear and tear” on the body and raise the risk of chronic diseases. These include obesity, high blood pressure, and elevated blood sugar that can temporarily change for the worse during pregnancy, as well as women’s levels of the stress hormone cortisol across the day.

While many healthy women return to their pre-pregnancy risk-factor ranges within several months of giving birth, some women…

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Stress in new mothers causes lasting health risks, depending on race, ethnicity, poverty


African-American women undergo more physical “wear-and-tear” during the first year after giving birth than Latina and white women, a consequence that may have long-lasting health effects, according to a study of a diverse group of more than 2,400 low-income women.

The study in today’s (Friday, Dec. 14) American Journal of Perinatology involved women of diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds who were interviewed and evaluated at five different clinical sites in the United States.

In addition to insight into health risks facing new mothers, researchers united by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human…

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Effects of Stress Reduction on Carotid Atherosclerosis in Hypertensive African Americans



Background and Purpose—African Americans suffer disproportionately higher cardiovascular disease mortality rates than do whites. Psychosocial …
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Loyola Seeking African American Women In Proviso Township For Stress Study – village free press


Sunday, August 26, 2018 || By Community Editor || @maywoodnews 

Researchers at the Loyola University Chicago Health Sciences Campus in Maywood is seeking African American women in Proviso Township, particularly in Maywood, who would be willing to participate in a race-based stress reduction research study.

Researchers are looking for black women between the ages of 25 and 49 who have no history of heart attack or stroke, but at least one risk factor for heat disease or stroke, such as being overweight or having diabetes, high blood sugar, high blood pressure or a family history of heart disease.

The study will “examine the effectiveness of an 8-week program in reducing stress in African American women,” according to a flyer circulated by Loyola.

Participants may receive up to $195…

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How does stress impact cardiovascular disease among African Americans? – Medical News Bulletin


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The effects of depression, anxiety, and stress on well-being are becoming apparent, with researchers finding links between negative emotional states and chronic diseases.

Cardiovascular disease is one of the major causes of death worldwide. To combat this growing problem, the American Heart Association devised seven targets called Life’s Simple 7 (LS7), which are designed to improve the cardiovascular health of Americans. This system targets four health behaviours (smoking, diet, physical activity, and body mass index) and three health factors (blood pressure, total cholesterol, and fasting plasma glucose, which is an indicator of diabetes). Each target has three score categories—ideal, intermediate, or poor—which can be used to gauge the state of…

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