Impact of Stress Equivalent Impact Smoking 5 Cigarettes Per Day
Stress can increase the risk of heart attack by 27 percent, equivalent to the impact caused by smoking 5 cigarettes per day.
Stress can cause health problems. It has long been known. However, the latest research from Columbia University Medical Centre reinforces this by researching deeper into the impact of stress and compared with the effects of smoking. The results said that stress can increase the risk of heart attack by 27 percent, the equivalent of five cigarettes smoked per day.
This conclusion is the result of a meta-analysis of six other studies. According to a study that followed participants’ stress levels for 14 years, on average, stress increased 2,8 mmol / L cholesterol and blood pressure increased to 2,7 / 1,4 mmHg.
Improved 2,8 mmol / L cholesterol practically double the increment of the recommended in patients with heart disease and stroke. While healthy blood pressure should be below 140/90 mmHg.
Both of the above, high cholesterol and high blood pressure, when the average over the limit can result in a heart attack. High cholesterol cause constriction of blood vessels, making it harder for the blood cells in the body to move freely. Same also with high blood pressure. High blood pressure can cause blood vessels to harden and stiff, making it susceptible to blockage. It said high blood pressure is the cause of 50 percent of heart attack and stroke.
It is estimated the researchers, it is not limited to sex, though indeed, the age effect is quite large. However, the researchers warned, with an unhealthy lifestyle, not a possibility for young people experiencing the same thing. With age also the relationship between stress and heart health increasingly entangled, showing the effects of stress continues to accumulate.