Mental health seen as possible new risk factor for heart disease: Why women are more affected

Last month, the American Heart Association released a scientific statement highlighting the strong link between heart health, mental health and overall wellbeing.

“This is a really important message that no cardiovascular disease really should be addressed as an isolated entity, but really it’s part of an integrated system, where the mind, the heart, and the body are all

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Healthy life expectancy in Scotland drops to just 61 years for men and women

Healthy life expectancy has dropped across Scotland according to a shock new report, with a widening gap between the richest and poorest.

Males can expect to live in good health for an average of 61.7 years from birth while for females it is 61.9 years, according to a report published today by the National Records of Scotland (NRS).

Life expectancy (LE) is an estimate of how many years a person might be expected to live, whereas healthy life expectancy (HLE) is an estimate of how many years they might live in a healthy state.

The number of years a person

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Healthy life expectancy for women in UK drops by almost FIVE MONTHS

Healthy life expectancy for women in the UK drops by almost FIVE MONTHS in the space of just five years – but men have seen no significant change

  • Office for National Statistics data shows healthy life expectancy fall for women
  • In 2017/19 for men it was 62.9 years, no significant change on stats in 2014/16 
  • For women it was 63.3 years, down significantly on 63.7 years recorded 2014/16 

Healthy life expectancy for women in the UK has fallen by

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Women need to ‘sit less, walk more’ for heart health, studies find

According to the researchers, women who spent more than 9.5 hours a day sitting or lying down had a 42% higher risk of developing heart failure during the nine years after first assessing sedentary time through the Women’s Health Initiative Observational Study. This finding was evident even after accounting for physical activity levels and heart failure risk factors such as hypertension, diabetes, obesity and heart attack.

Both papers relied on data collected from participants in the Women’s Health Initiative. Taken together, they send a powerful message: “Sit less, walk more for heart health,” said Michael LaMonte, a research associate professor

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