Conference on women's stress and health

Published 2012-02-28 00:00. Updated 2013-11-26 10:33

[PRESS INVITATION 28 February, 2012] Over half of all deaths are caused by cardiovascular disease, the most common cause of disease in men and women. Despite this, most studies are still carried out on men. To address this, leading researchers are gathering in Stockholm on 9 March for a symposium titled "Women, Stress and Health; concepts, results and future perspectives".

Numerous international experts will be taking part in the symposium.

"They will be giving a thought-proving overview of the latest research, evaluating results, summarising future perspectives and trying to translate research and science into practical medicine," says symposium host Professor Kristina Orth-Gomér, who researchers into women's stress. "This is particularly important given that women live longer than men and that disease and disability cause suffering and incur a considerable cost to society."

The very first report on stress in women and its effect on cardiovascular disease was published 20 years ago. "The Stockholm Female Coronary Risk Study" was a multidisciplinary study of women with cardiovascular disease from a medical, social and psychological perspective. According to Professor Orth-Gomér, it is unclear how useful the knowledge gleaned from previous studies has been for improving women's health.

"What's needed now are interventions to promote healthy changes in womens lifestyles. We know that women and men generally handle stress differently, and we've recently found that women with cardiovascular disease who attended a year-long CBT course and learnt to lower their stress in their everyday lives were more than satisfied and needed less medical attention."

Journalists are welcome to attend the symposium "Women, Stress and Health; concepts, results and future perspectives"

  • Date and time: Friday 9 March, 9.00 am  5.30 pm.
  • Venue: Samuelssonsalen, Scheele laboratory, Tomtebodavägen 6, Karolinska Institutet Solna.

View the complete programme here.

The symposium is arranged in association with the Charité medical university in Berlin.

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