Skip to comments.Stress really CAN cause heart attacks, say researchers
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...
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Who isn’t stressed these days?
...And in other news, drowsiness causes sleep.
...and divorce causes weight loss.
Getting shot can hurt.
I’m a dead woman. See ya.
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.
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.
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.
I should be dead or soon will be.
Why do researchers waste so much time and money confirming what everyone already knows or disproving what everyone knows to be false?
“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.
Perhaps I'm too hard on the researchers. You know what they say about critics...
Is the Messiah stressed?
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.
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Stress really CAN cause heart attacks, say researchers
What we ever do without 'researchers'? Except save a lot of wasted money.
People have different levels of tolerance to stress. Something that bothers one person doesn't faze another.
Looks like benzos for everyone. /s
STRESSEROO - YUP
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That was good. ;^)
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.
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.