WOMEN who bottle up their emotions increase their risk of a stroke, a new study warns.
Researchers found a link between inhibiting self-expression with greater carotid plaque build-up in the arteries — which could lead to a stroke or other cardiovascular problems.
They say some women stay silent to avoid conflict or the break-up of relationships.
The middle-aged are particularly at risk, the boffins found.
The findings showed greater “self-silencing” was linked to increased odds of plaque — regardless of socio-demographics, cardiovascular disease risk factors and depression.
Study lead author Dr Karen Jakubowski, of the University of Pittsburgh in the US, said: “Our results suggest women’s socio-emotional expression may be relevant to cardiovascular health.”
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