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Stress really CAN cause heart attacks, say researchers
dailymail.co.uk ^ | 17th January 2010 | Mail On Sunday Reporter

Posted on 01/17/2010 4:42:29 PM PST by neverdem

Risk: Stressed people are twice as likely to have furred arteries

Getting stressed really is bad for your heart, according to new research.

For years, stress has been linked to heart attacks and other heart complaints but with very little medical evidence to back it up.

Now a major trial by doctors at University College London has proved for the first time that people who get stressed are also likely to have heart disease. The study involved 514 men and women, with an average age of 62. None had signs of heart disease...

(Excerpt) Read more at dailymail.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Testing
KEYWORDS: cad; health; medicine; stress
Salivary cortisol responses to mental stress are associated with coronary artery calcification in healthy men and women
1 posted on 01/17/2010 4:42:30 PM PST by neverdem
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To: neverdem

Who isn’t stressed these days?


2 posted on 01/17/2010 4:43:22 PM PST by ExTexasRedhead (Clean the RAT/RINO Sewer in 2010 and 2012)
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To: neverdem

...And in other news, drowsiness causes sleep.


3 posted on 01/17/2010 4:45:13 PM PST by KoRn (Department of Homeland Security, Certified - "Right Wing Extremist")
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To: KoRn

...and divorce causes weight loss.


4 posted on 01/17/2010 4:46:16 PM PST by RandallFlagg (30-year smoker, E-Cigs helped me quit, and O wants me back smoking again?)
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To: neverdem

Getting shot can hurt.


5 posted on 01/17/2010 4:47:05 PM PST by dragnet2
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To: neverdem


6 posted on 01/17/2010 4:52:49 PM PST by SmokingJoe
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To: neverdem

I’m a dead woman. See ya.


7 posted on 01/17/2010 4:56:30 PM PST by Bradís Gramma (Here's a thought!! Donate to the website you are on RIGHT NOW!!)
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To: ExTexasRedhead

I had one job at a University working for a couple of psychos that some days I halfway hoped for a heart attack to drop me. Thank heavens they are in the past.


8 posted on 01/17/2010 4:57:04 PM PST by wally_bert (It's sheer elegance in its simplicity! - The Middleman)
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To: neverdem

Deadly spit Batman! Like, this is really stressing me out man. Maybe we should just go a little deeper into the bat cave man. Probably should stock up on some bodacious hydroponic systems, just in case man.


9 posted on 01/17/2010 5:32:30 PM PST by Mobilemitter (We must learn to fin >-)> for ourselves.........)
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To: ExTexasRedhead
Who isn’t stressed these days?

Don't get stressed. It's not worth it. try to do the right things in life and don't worry about what you have no control over.

10 posted on 01/17/2010 5:43:56 PM PST by Wiggins
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To: neverdem

I should be dead or soon will be.


11 posted on 01/17/2010 5:47:19 PM PST by Vicki (Washington State where anyone can vote .... illegals, non-residents, dead people, dogs, felons)
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To: neverdem

Why do researchers waste so much time and money confirming what everyone already knows or disproving what everyone knows to be false?


12 posted on 01/17/2010 6:36:26 PM PST by TheThinker (Communists: taking over the world one kooky doomsday scenerio at a time.)
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To: neverdem
constant stress can surely be a killer
13 posted on 01/17/2010 7:00:05 PM PST by Chode (American Hedonist *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: TheThinker

“Why do researchers waste so much time and money confirming what everyone already knows or disproving what everyone knows to be false?”

I wouldn’t say that I know this is true. I’d suspect it. But have you removed the other variables?

Stressed people—they smoke more, right? They tend to eat more (and generally more junk) due to higher circulating levels of cortisol, right?

But if you control for those variables, do stressed individuals actually accumulate more arterial plaque in their arteries? Are they more likely to have a thrombus break loose and cause a myocardial infarction? I’d guess so, but I couldn’t say for certain.

You’d think that you’ve have more inflammatory mediators activated and thus more plaque accumulation. I don’t think it’s been proven, yet, though. Nor without a closer look could I tell if this study confirms it.

So let’s say you have this study that confirms that higher levels of stress cause the accumulation of plaque in the arteries. Now you’d be a bit more apt to begin exploring those inflammatory mediatiors activated by stress and their effects on the circulatory system. Right?

Granted, a lot of this is already going on. I just don’t think this is as clear as it would appear.


14 posted on 01/17/2010 7:00:59 PM PST by CaspersGh0sts
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To: CaspersGh0sts
I feel that stress likely inhibits all sorts of bodily processes needed to maintain a healthy, well-functioning body.

Perhaps I'm too hard on the researchers. You know what they say about critics...

15 posted on 01/17/2010 7:21:59 PM PST by TheThinker (Communists: taking over the world one kooky doomsday scenerio at a time.)
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To: neverdem

Is the Messiah stressed?

Enough?


16 posted on 01/17/2010 7:23:24 PM PST by bert (K.E. N.P. +12 . Tax the poor. They have no stake in society)
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To: TheThinker
Why do researchers waste so much time and money confirming what everyone already knows or disproving what everyone knows to be false?

From the link in comment# 1:

Conclusion: In healthy, older participants without history or objective signs of CHD, heightened cortisol reactivity is associated with a greater extent of CAC.

coronary artery calcification = CAC

It's an interesting correlation, IMHO, although they don't worry about stable CAC without symptoms. They worry about its potential for rupturing causing a myocardial infarction, aka heart attack.

17 posted on 01/17/2010 7:34:21 PM PST by neverdem (Xin loi minh oi)
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18 posted on 01/18/2010 9:29:54 AM PST by neverdem (Xin loi minh oi)
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To: neverdem
Stress really CAN cause heart attacks, say researchers

What we ever do without 'researchers'? Except save a lot of wasted money.

19 posted on 01/18/2010 10:15:50 AM PST by Condor51 (The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits [A. Einstein])
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To: ExTexasRedhead; devolve; ntnychik; PhilDragoo; All
I read this earlier today on Drudge and was going to send it out in email. I believe it's true because stress really affects me. It affects my health and the only solution is to avoid what stresses you.

People have different levels of tolerance to stress. Something that bothers one person doesn't faze another.

20 posted on 01/18/2010 10:40:21 AM PST by potlatch (- What a co-inky-dink-)
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To: Condor51

Looks like benzos for everyone. /s


21 posted on 01/18/2010 10:59:55 AM PST by Lawdoc (My dad married my aunt, so now my cousins are my brothers. Go figure.)
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To: potlatch

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STRESSEROO - YUP

I saved your link URL earlier in my WebTV email to reply later

Thread/FR was too busy to connect to MA threads and to reply on this thread


22 posted on 01/18/2010 1:38:32 PM PST by devolve ( . . . . . . . . . woodpile alert - "My muslim faith....." - "Kobe" Osama . . . . . . . . . . . .)
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To: devolve

[I saved your link URL earlier in my WebTV email to reply later]

That was good. ;^)


23 posted on 01/18/2010 1:44:14 PM PST by potlatch (- What a co-inky-dink-)
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To: neverdem

Stress would cause the heart to work harder and put more of a strain on blood vessels and in those people with CAC, that would seem to lead to major problems. It would make sense, IMHO, that stress would increase the extent of CAC.


24 posted on 01/18/2010 10:58:57 PM PST by TheThinker (Communists: taking over the world one kooky doomsday scenerio at a time.)
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To: CaspersGh0sts
So let’s say you have this study that confirms that higher levels of stress cause the accumulation of plaque in the arteries. Now you’d be a bit more apt to begin exploring those inflammatory mediatiors activated by stress and their effects on the circulatory system. Right?

I'd say that's right. The other variables like smoking and eating badly probably compound the negative effect of stress on plaque accumulation. I'm just theorizing, although it might help explain why many people who don't abuse their bodies also too often succumb to heart attacks.

25 posted on 01/18/2010 11:18:38 PM PST by TheThinker (Communists: taking over the world one kooky doomsday scenerio at a time.)
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