stress and heart attackPeople stressed risk twice to suffer from arteriosus blockage.

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lrwilliams eNotes educator| Certified Educator

If stress is left unmanaged it can lead to emotional, psychological, and even physical problems, including heart disease, high blood pressure, chest pains, and irregular heart beat. It is not known for certain if stress itself is a risk factor or if the stress causes other risk factors to become worsse. For example, you are under stress so your blood pressure goes up the rise in blood pressure causes heart problems.

ask996 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

People with high stress will more than likely also have higher blood pressure. Some will have dangerously high blood pressure. This causes a risk as it makes the heart work harder and less efficiently. Add into the equations the other health side affects that might be occurring such as high cholesterol and other factors associated with a hectic lifestyle and poor eating habits, and it makes more sense.

litteacher8 eNotes educator| Certified Educator
People who lead high stress lives and do not develop coping mechanisms might become more prone to heart attacks. We often call these people Type A personalities, meaning they get worked up a lot. Here is an interesting article I found.
versatilekamini | Student

Stress is a normal part of life. But if left unmanaged, stress can lead to emotional, psychological, and even physical problems, including heart disease, high blood pressure, chest pains, or irregular heart beats.

Medical researchers aren't sure exactly how stress increases the risk of heart disease. Stress itself might be a risk factor, or it could be that high levels of stress make other risk factors worse. For example, if you are under stress, your blood pressure goes up, you may overeat, you may exercise less, and you may be more likely to smoke.

giorgiana1976 | Student

The link between stress and stroke was demonstrated by the British scientific researchers from University College London. For several decades, stress has been associated with triggering heart attacks or other coronary disease, but, until recently, there was little medical evidence to support this theory.

Thus, a medical study,successfully coordinated by British doctors,succeeded, for  the first time, to prove that people who are stressed are more likely to suffer from cardiovascular diseases.

Participants were subjected to stress inducing tests, and doctors then measured blood levels of cortisol - a substance produced by the body under stress and which causes a narrowing of the arteries.

Volunteers arteries were scanned to see if it shows signs of narrowing and shuttering. Following this study, British doctors said that people who were under stress during these tests were twice as likely to suffer from blood  arteriosus blockages, compared with those who kept calm during tests carried out.

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