Find out what being a victim of financial fraud or a scam could do to your blood pressure
When a scammer calls about your car's warranty or overdue taxes that must be paid immediately or you'll be hauled off to jail, do you get mad, scared or irritated? In this episode of NewsMD's "Health Fusion," Viv Williams checks out a new study that explores what being a victim of financial scams and fraud can do to your blood pressure.
ROCHESTER — Financial schemes and scams may cause your blood pressure to rise. A new study from Rush University Medical Center in Chicago found that fraud victimization was linked to elevated blood pressure in men, but not in women.
The researchers followed 1,200 older adults annually for 11 years. They asked the participants about fraud victimization and they measured their blood pressure regularly. Results showed that after experiencing a financial fraud or scam, men's blood pressure reading went up. Over time, hikes in blood pressure could lead to health problems.
“These findings show that fraud victimization has important public health consequences and underscore the need for efforts to prevent exploitation,” said lead author Dr. Melissa Lamar.
High blood pressure (hypertension) increases your risk of diseases, such as heart attack and stroke.
The study is published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics society.
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