Friday, 3 February 2017

How Stress Influences Your Heart Attack And Stroke Risk

How Stress Influences Your Heart Attack And Stroke Risk

Stress is one of the most dangerous conditions for our health but also the one we have the power to control.


  • Stress increases your risk of heart attack and stroke by causing overactivity in your amygdala — your brain’s fear center, which is activated in response to both real and perceived threats
  • People who are highly stressed have higher activity in the amygdala. This, in turn, triggers arterial inflammation, which is a risk factor for heart disease, including heart attacks
  • High stress also raises your level of disease-promoting white blood cells and releases norepinephrine, which can cause dispersal of bacterial biofilms from your arterial walls, thereby triggering a heart attack

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