Featured Research

from universities, journals, and other organizations

Hostility In Women Does Not Affect Their Long Term Heart Health

Date:
November 15, 2005
Source:
BMJ Specialty Journals
Summary:
A permanent hostility towards others, long regarded as a component of type A personality, does not affect the long term heart health of women, suggests research in Heart. But the same is not true of men.

A permanent hostility towards others, long regarded as a component of type A personality, does not affect the long term heart health of women, suggests research in Heart. But the same is not true of men.

The results contradict those of previous studies in the field, say the authors.

The findings are based on a population study of more than 3,000 adults in Nova Scotia, Canada, all of whom were selected at random. Evidence of coronary artery heart disease was found in 139 men and 88 women, a rate of 7%.

Known risk factors for heart disease were assessed in this group, including age, smoking habit, exercise, cholesterol levels, family history, weight, and diabetes.

Their personality type was also assessed, looking in particular at their levels of hostility. This is a key component of type A personality, which has been linked to increased risk of poor heart health.

The group were then monitored for four years for episodes of illness or hospital admission related to their heart disease.

The 'hostility' scores among the two sexes were similar. But men with high scores tended to be heavier and had a poorer cholesterol profile than men with lower scores. Women with high scores were significantly more likely to have diabetes.

During the monitoring period, almost half of the group experienced recurrent episodes of poor heart health, including admission to hospital. Four people died. Recurrence rates were similar among the sexes.

But there was a sex difference in the impact of hostility. After taking account of other influential factors men with high hostility scores were twice as likely to have recurrent episodes of poor heart health as men with low hostility scores.

But there was no difference among the women, irrespective of their hostility scores.

It is unclear how hostility affects cardiovascular health, say the authors, but they suggest that hostility management may be helpful in men to prevent recurrent heart disease.


Story Source:

The above story is based on materials provided by BMJ Specialty Journals. Note: Materials may be edited for content and length.


Cite This Page:

BMJ Specialty Journals. "Hostility In Women Does Not Affect Their Long Term Heart Health." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 15 November 2005. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2005/11/051115171537.htm>.
BMJ Specialty Journals. (2005, November 15). Hostility In Women Does Not Affect Their Long Term Heart Health. ScienceDaily. Retrieved October 22, 2014 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2005/11/051115171537.htm
BMJ Specialty Journals. "Hostility In Women Does Not Affect Their Long Term Heart Health." ScienceDaily. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2005/11/051115171537.htm (accessed October 22, 2014).

Share This



More Health & Medicine News

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Featured Research

from universities, journals, and other organizations


Featured Videos

from AP, Reuters, AFP, and other news services

Orthodontist Mom Jennifer Salzer on the Best Time for Braces

Orthodontist Mom Jennifer Salzer on the Best Time for Braces

Working Mother (Oct. 22, 2014) Is your child ready? Video provided by Working Mother
Powered by NewsLook.com
U.S. Issues Ebola Travel Restrictions, Are Visa Bans Next?

U.S. Issues Ebola Travel Restrictions, Are Visa Bans Next?

Newsy (Oct. 22, 2014) Now that the U.S. is restricting travel from West Africa, some are dropping questions about a travel ban and instead asking about visa bans. Video provided by Newsy
Powered by NewsLook.com
US to Track Everyone Coming from Ebola Nations

US to Track Everyone Coming from Ebola Nations

AP (Oct. 22, 2014) Stepping up their vigilance against Ebola, federal authorities said Wednesday that everyone traveling into the US from Ebola-stricken nations will be monitored for symptoms for 21 days. (Oct. 22) Video provided by AP
Powered by NewsLook.com
Doctors Help Paralysed Man Walk Again, Patient in Disbelief

Doctors Help Paralysed Man Walk Again, Patient in Disbelief

AFP (Oct. 22, 2014) Polish doctors describe how they helped a paralysed man walk again, with the patient in disbelief at the return of sensation to his legs. Duration: 1:04 Video provided by AFP
Powered by NewsLook.com

Search ScienceDaily

Number of stories in archives: 140,361

Find with keyword(s):
Enter a keyword or phrase to search ScienceDaily for related topics and research stories.

Save/Print:
Share:

Breaking News:

Strange & Offbeat Stories


Health & Medicine

Mind & Brain

Living & Well

In Other News

... from NewsDaily.com

Science News

Health News

Environment News

Technology News



Save/Print:
Share:

Free Subscriptions


Get the latest science news with ScienceDaily's free email newsletters, updated daily and weekly. Or view hourly updated newsfeeds in your RSS reader:

Get Social & Mobile


Keep up to date with the latest news from ScienceDaily via social networks and mobile apps:

Have Feedback?


Tell us what you think of ScienceDaily -- we welcome both positive and negative comments. Have any problems using the site? Questions?
Mobile: iPhone Android Web
Follow: Facebook Twitter Google+
Subscribe: RSS Feeds Email Newsletters
Latest Headlines Health & Medicine Mind & Brain Space & Time Matter & Energy Computers & Math Plants & Animals Earth & Climate Fossils & Ruins