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Stress at Work. Home Stress. Financial Stress.
The toll of chronic stress is not limited to emotional suffering. High stress can set the stage for heart disease.
If the truth is, research shows that those of us who know a lot of stress in our lives are at greater risk of heart attacks and other cardiovascular problems over a long period of time.
The latest proof comes from a new study of the brothers in Sweden. Researchers identified about 137,000 people who were diagnosed with stress-related problems; Diagnosis includes post-traumatic stress disorder or severe stress following a traumatic event, such as the death of a loved one or a violent episode. Then, researchers discovered about 171,000 of their siblings with similar care and genes – but without anxiety.
Next, they compare the rates of cardiovascular disease of the siblings, including heart attacks, heart arrests and bloodshed
Swedes with stress disorder, come out, have higher rates of heart problems compared to their siblings.
"We saw [about] 60 percent increased the risk of having any cardiovascular events," within the first year after being diagnosed, the researchers said Unnur A Valdimarsdóttir of the Karolinska Institute, and a professor of epidemiology at the University of Iceland. Over, the longer the risk, the greater risk is about 30 percent, Valdimarsdóttir says.
The findings, published in the current issue of the medical journal BMJ "are consistent with other studies, "says Simon Bacon, of Concordia University, who studies the effects of living on serious illnesses. He teaches other studies that show depression, anxiety and stress increase the risk of cardiovascular events. He wrote an editorial published next to the study.
So, when stress is a normal part of life – something that we just need to deal with – and when it becomes very difficult to set the stage for the disease? Part of the answer here depends on how we respond to stress, scientists say, and with our own insights about how much stress we feel.
We have all been responding to stress response or flight.  "Suppose you are walking down the street and someone jumps and gives you fear," says Bacon. What will happen? Your heart rate is rising and your blood pressure climbs. "You have immediate activation," said Bacon. And, in short, this temporary response is good. It gives you what you need to flee or take action.
However, the problem comes when you start activating & # 39; activation & # 39; of stress responses no matter how long the threat is threatened
"When people have stress disorders, the systems are activated at all the wrong times," says Bacon. For example, in PTSD, "you can get the extreme consequences of stress responses just thinking about something that happened."
People who experience chronic stress seem to be highest The risk of health problems.
"Over time, repeated, repetitive [stress] responses activate the immune system and contribute to inflammation," Dr. Ernesto Schiffrin, a physician and professor of medicine at McGill University. He said inflammation can set the stage for atherosclerosis, also known as the hardening of lung diseases. The nerves are blood vessels that carry blood in your heart and body. When the veins are narrow, it limits the flow of blood – increasing the likelihood of heart attack, stroke or other cardiovascular events.
So, since we can not wave a magic wand and make stress, what are the best coping options? There is no magic bullet, but daily habits can help with stress relief.
Schiffrin said his patients give this advice: Eat in a healthy way, try to have good relationships, have a good attitude, spend time in nature, and exercise. "I think exercise is critical," Schiffrin says. So, let's look at each of them.
- Exercise When researchers reviewed CDC survey data from more than one million adults in the US, they found that trained people reported fewer days of bad health in mind compared to those who do not exercise. And, as we reported, there was an added & # 39; boost & # 39; mental health linked to playing sports team. But, if you choose a simple walk, forest, or a group activity, that does not make sense of moving their body?
- Development of Friendship Sorrow is an epidemic. And, as we reported, a recent survey found 2 out of 5 respondents reported being incomplete or said they felt isolated from others. However, spending time with friends really strengthens our emotions. Even if your life span, signing up for a group activity or volunteering is great options for getting around and staying focused on the community around you.
- Meditation Learn Or Relaxation Techniques Meditation meditation is shown in tamp down the stress response, and even helps reduce blood pressure to those who can maintain the habit. As we have reported, a study has found that meditation has helped 40 out of 60 patients reduce their blood pressure enough to reduce some of their medications.
- Eat Only Truly a relationship between food and mood. As we have reported, a diet full of fine carbohydrates and sugar (the type you will find in packaged snacks and soda) can lead to a metabolic roller coaster, which will also influence your mood. On the other hand, a Mediterranean meal-rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains and fish – can leave you feeling nourished.
- Find Anxiety Disorder Help Daily habits can help reduce the amount of stress you feel, but for people with stress disorders such as PTSD it may be it's best to reach a professional for help. "People should treat their mental health issues," says Bacon. You do not have to grin-and-bind it, he says. Mental health professionals have many tools.
"You do not want to put yourself in a position where you can make your health worse by not doing anything else," says Bacon.