Deportation Fear Increases the Risk of High Blood Pressure, Says Study

In a recent research study found that the worries and fear associated with deportation increase the risk of high blood pressure amongst humans.

Researchers conducted a study of more than 570 women with an average age of 39 years, who were born in Mexico. In the long-term study, Mexican women along with their children and families have also participated in the research study at the Salinas Valley region of California.

A lead author of the study, Jacqueline M. Torres said that the study suggests that concerns around enforcement and immigration policies creates negative impact on cardiovascular health of women and their families.

In the given assessment from 2012-2014, women were asked to give their concern about deportation for themselves. However, there was no difference in the proportion of women who were diagnosed with high blood pressure.

Torres said that in the first study, the concerns about the long term effects of deportation impact both physical and mental health of women. In the four years, evaluations were conducted between 2014 and 2016, and in 2016 and 2018, analysts found a slight increase in the blood pressure. Higher arterial pressure in women was also reported amongst those with a high deportation worry at their baseline assessment.

No changes were been found in the association between higher body mass index and deportation worry in the past four years.

Among the total participants, 408 women did not suffer from high blood pressure at the initial assessment and women with moderately high blood pressure were expected to be diagnosed twice as compared to those who have little deportation during the four-year follow-up period.

Torres explained that physicians may think about the role of other stressors that are impacting the health and lives of patients. The study also suggests that there is a need to consider immigration policies on stress levels and their effects on results related to blood pressure.

However, the researchers concluded in the study that there is a reason to believe that the fear of deportation has an effect on cardiovascular risks such as high blood pressure.

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