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High Stress Drives Up Your Risk Of A Heart Attack. Here's How To Chill Out


Added 04-14-19 05:06:02pm EST - “A study of siblings finds those who have a stress-related disorder have a 60 percent higher risk of heart attack or other cardiovascular event, compared to their less-stressed brothers and sisters.” - Npr.org

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Npr.org: “High Stress Drives Up Your Risk Of A Heart Attack. Here's How To Chill Out”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

The trick, of course, is to find moments of deep relaxation wherever you are, not just on vacation. Laughing with friends can be another way to start breaking the cycle of chronic stress, and help keep your heart healthy, too. stock_colors/Getty Images hide caption

The trick, of course, is to find moments of deep relaxation wherever you are, not just on vacation. Laughing with friends can be another way to start breaking the cycle of chronic stress, and help keep your heart healthy, too.

The toll of chronic stress isn't limited to emotional suffering. High stress can set the stage for heart disease.

If fact, research shows that those of us who perceive a lot of stress in our lives are at higher risk of heart attacks and other cardiovascular problems over the long term.

The latest evidence comes from a new study of siblings in Sweden. Researchers identified about 137,000 people who had been diagnosed with stress-related disorders; the diagnoses included post-traumatic stress disorder or acute stress following a traumatic event, such as the death of a loved one or a violent episode. Then, the researchers identified about 171,000 of their brothers and sisters who had similar upbringings and genes — but no anxiety disorder.

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