Emotional neglect could lead to a stroke later in life

By WEEK Producer
By NBC News

Emotional neglect could lead to a stroke later in life

September 21, 2012 Updated Oct 26, 2013 at 3:59 AM CDT

CHICAGO -- New research out of Chicago finds people who felt emotionally neglected as children are at an increased risk of stroke later in life.

The Rush University study questioned over 1,000 adults about the details of their childhood, like if they felt unloved by one of their parents or if they ever felt afraid of them.

The risk of stroke was almost three times higher in people who reported a high level of childhood emotional neglect, compared to those who reported low levels of neglect.

This study is published in 'Neurology'.

To submit a comment on this article, your email address is required. We respect your privacy and your email will not be visible to others nor will it be added to any email lists.