Alec Baker, Psy.D.

Stress Can Affect Your Heart

Stress Can Affect Your Heart

A recent study at Columbia University Medical Center found that people who reported feeling stressed were 27 percent more likely to suffer a heart attack than their non-stressed counterparts. The researchers tracked the “stressed” and “non-stressed” participants over a 14-year time span. The effect of stress was so significant that the researchers concluded that it was equivalent to smoking five cigarettes a day. Stress was also comparable to an increase in blood pressure and cholesterol levels. Researchers also found a link between stress and age concluding that the effects of stress compound over time. The author of the study stated that how people feel is important to their heart health.

Read the entire article here: Being stressed is as damaging for your heart as smoking five cigarettes a day

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