Childhood sex abuse tied to heart risk

Women victimized as children or adolescents show increased cardiac disease in adulthood

By Nathan Seppa, 16:47 PM November 13, 2011

ORLANDO, Fla. — Women who report having had forced sex at a young age have an elevated risk of heart disease as adults. Some of the higher cardiac risk is traceable to behavioral and lifestyle factors, but much of it goes unexplained, researchers reported November 13 at a meeting of the American Heart Association.

“This tells us that the immediacy of the tragedy is being followed by risk that may have implications in later life,” says Clyde Yancy, a cardiologist at Northwestern University S...

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