Don’t Hold Back, Let It All Out, Or Risk Cardiovascular Problems.
Ladies, biting your tongue, holding back on expressing your emotions - while such self control may be polite public behavior, an article at EurekAlert says a recent study shows that such self-silencing can lead to a greater buildup of "carotid plaque" in the brain, increasing the risk of stroke and other cardiovascular problems.
Study leaders say "Studies like this one are valuable as they highlight the importance of understanding how a woman's emotional disposition can affect her physical health."
We all engage in a variety of behaviors to maintain close friendships. It's the price we pay for pleasant, non-confrontational relationships. Although self-silencing has been linked to worse mental and self-reported physical health in women, it has not been previously examined in relation to women's cardiovascular health. Now it has.