Unemployed women at higher risk for cardiovascular disease

en may have less access to healthcare and are under financial stress," she said. "Unemployed women are more likely to be underinsured or uninsured. This plays a role."

Also, with 50 percent of American families living on double incomes, financial pressures also create stress with unemployment, she said.

Past studies have shown conflicting results; some showing that women's employment was a stress in itself, she said. "We found that employment itself is not a stressor in women. For women in this study employment actually may be protective. This definitely is an area that needs further study. It may be that we can target unemployed women for intervention."


Contact: Carole Bullock
American Heart Association

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