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Psychosocial Stressors & AF in Older Women

Am J Cardiol; ePub 2018 Aug 17; Westcott, et al

Among women aged >45 years, traumatic life events were associated with atrial fibrillation (AF), a recent study found. Researchers examined the cross-sectional relationships between psychosocial stress and AF among 24,809 women from the Women’s Health Study (WHS). Participants answered questions about work stress, work-family spillover stress, financial stress, traumatic life events, everyday discrimination, intimate partner stress, neighborhood stress, negative life events within 5 years, and cumulative stress. Among the findings:

  • The prevalence of confirmed AF was 3.84% (n=953) and risk factor profiles differed by AF status.
  • Women with AF reported significantly higher financial stress, traumatic life events, and neighborhood stress.
  • However, only traumatic life events (OR=1.37) were significantly associated with AF after adjustment for cardiovascular risk factors, and socioeconomic and psychosocial status.

Citation:

Westcott SK, Beach LY, Matsushita F, et al. Relationship between psychosocial stressors and atrial fibrillation in women >45 years of age. [Published online ahead of print August 17, 2018]. Am J Cardiol. doi:10.1016/j.amjcard.2018.07.044.

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