New study confirms mental stress can lead to heart attack or stroke

Recent research has shown that emotional stress can damage your arteries and increase your risk for a heart attack or stroke. The study also revealed how emotional stress affects our body’s circulatory system.

According to a study published in the Journal of American Medical Association, it is mental stress, not physical stress, that is more responsible for attacks, strokes or cardiovascular disease in people with less healthy hearts. During the study, the effect of physical and mental stress on more than 900 people with heart disease was evaluated.

Mental stress increased the risk of myocardial ischemia in these patients because their heart arteries did not receive enough oxygen, and the risk of stroke was higher.

A study of more than 24,000 people from 52 countries found that people with high levels of mental stress had a more than doubled risk of having a heart attack.

According to cardiologist Dr. Michael Osborne, mental stress can be due to job loss, anxiety or severe depression, which can lead to heart disease. When a person is continually subjected to these emotional and psychological pressures, they are likely to enter a state where the fear center in their brain responds by releasing hormones.

Stress reduction programs may also be beneficial, researchers say. These include yoga, meditation, and tai chi which activate your body’s parasympathetic nervous system. Regular workouts also help reduce stress.

Dr Osborne explains that getting enough sleep lowers the risk of heart disease and it is necessary to get into the habit of sleeping and waking up. Avoid keeping your smartphone or computer near when you sleep. The blue light they emit can be harmful.

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