Childhood Sexual Abuse Increases Heart Risks Later

Women who were sexually abused as children often show signs of atherosclerosis, an early indication of cardiovascular disease, according to new research.

Published in the American Heart Association journal Stroke, this is the first study to suggest a link between sexual abuse and higher carotid artery intima-media thickness (IMT), a thickening of the inner lining of the arteries that may indicate early atherosclerosis.

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