Risk of stroke was nearly four times greater among people who had gone through a major stressful life event in the past year.
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Boston, MA (PRWEB) September 08, 2012
The Doctors Health Press, a publisher of various natural health newsletters, books, and reports, including the popular online Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin, is reporting on a study published in the Journal of Neurology Neurosurgery and Psychiatry. The study found that chronic stress—created by major life issues and type A personalities—is linked directly to a higher stroke risk.
As reported in Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin (http://www.doctorshealthpress.com/brain-function-articles/can-stress-cause-a-stroke), it is no health secret that stress on the body is a bad thing. Stress affects a wide variety of systems and functions deep inside the body, and prolonged exposure to stress can have life-altering consequences. A new study sought to see if chronic stress was linked to a greater risk of stroke.
This kind of stress, which lasts at least half a year, has previously been linked to risk of heart disease. As for stroke, that has been less clear… but no longer. To find out the answers, researchers studied 150 adults (average age: 54) who had a stroke, and 300 other healthy people of similar age.
The Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin article, “Can Stress Cause a Stroke?,” reports that stress was assessed by major life events that would cause it, symptoms like anxiety and depression; their overall well-being and quality of life; and certain behaviors, like having a type A personality. People with a type A personality not only tend to be leaders and go-getters, but are also prone to aggression, impatience, and a quick temper.
The Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin article also reports the individuals were assessed for stroke risk factors, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, daytime fatigue, and a history of heart issues. Researchers also addressed lifestyle issues that could be impacting stroke risk, such as caffeine intake, alcohol intake, smoking, relationship status, and employment.
Here are some key results from the study:
- Several factors were on their own linked to stroke risk.
- Risk of stroke was nearly four times greater among people who had gone through a major stressful life event in the past year.
- The further into type A personality levels one was, stroke risk more than doubled.
- Also doubling stroke risk was a history of smoking and drinking more than two energy drinks per day.
- Study subjects who had a disturbed heart rhythm were over three times more likely to suffer a stroke.
- Those who had a high level of daytime sleepiness nearly tripled their risk.
- Men had a nine times greater risk for stroke than women.
(SOURCE: Egido, J., et al., “Is psycho-physical stress a risk factor for stroke? A case-control study,” Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery & Psychiatry, 2012; DOI: 10.1136/jnnp-2012-302420.)
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