Experiencing stress can increase the likelihood of a heart attack by almost 50 per cent Just thinking about being stressed can make you seriously ill, a study has revealed. The increased perception of stress almost doubles the risk of suffering a heart attack, researchers found.
It is the first time a link has been discovered between heart disease and people’s own view on how stress is affecting their health. The research suggests doctors should take a patients’ perspective into account when managing stress-related complaints. It could also mean that helping patients to unwind can reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease.
The study followed more than 7,000 civil servants over a period of up to 18 years. Participants, who had an average age of 49.5, were asked to what extent they felt day-to-day stress had affected their health. They were also asked about lifestyle factors such as smoking, alcohol consumption, diet, and exercise, and their medical background…
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