Unemployed Women at Higher Risk for Cardiovascular Disease

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ORLANDO, Feb. 17 - Women who have been fired or laid off from their jobs face not only emotional distress, but also have a higher risk of cardiovascular disease, researchers reported today at the at the Second International Conference on Women, Heart Disease and Stroke.

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There have been conflicting reports on the relationship of women's health and employment status, according to Sheree Marshall-Williams, Ph.D., behavioral scientist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, Ga.

Researchers found that women who had become involuntarily unemployed experienced more high blood pressure and cardiovascular disease such as heart attack, chest pain and stroke.

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