TRAUMA AND CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE
“Researchers found that a history of childhood abuse increased the risk of cardiovascular disease. Interestingly, the link between child maltreatment and cardiovascular disease was especially strong for women, with maltreated women having a nine-fold increase in cardiovascular disease compared to non-maltreated women. The authors did not find a link between depression and cardiovascular disease; however, once child maltreatment was added to the analysis, the effect of depression disappeared. Indeed, it was trauma history, rather than depression that accounted for the variance in cardiovascular disease.”
From: Kendall-Tackett, Ph.D., Inflammation and traumatic stress: A likely mechanism for chronic illness in trauma survivors. Trauma Psychology Newsletter, Div. 56, APA, Spring/Summer, 3(2), pp. 12-13. Regarding: Batten, S.V., Aslan, M., Maciejewski, P.K., & Masure, C.M. (2004). Childhood maltreatment as a risk factor for adult cardiovascular disease. Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, (65), 249-254.
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