Stressed? Maybe you should check your heart - Stress Management Health CenterThe people who think stress on your health can be ready for a heart attack, a new study. Stress can cause chronic ischemic heart disease, heart racing and pressure on heart valve.
The researchers found that these people had been twice the risk of heart attack compared to people who do not think stress on their health.
"The perception of the people about the effects of stress on your health are probably right," said Hermann Nabi author of the study, a research associate at the Centre for Research in Epidemiology and Population Health at INSERM, Villejuif, France.
"You must take action if they feel this is the case," he added.
These results have implications for the theoretical and clinical, Nabi said.
"From a clinical perspective the complaints suggest that the negative effects of stress on health should not in clinical practice, which may indicate an increased risk of developing coronary heart disease risk are ignored," he said.
From a theoretical perspective, the results show that the perception of the impact of stress on health is a valid concept that should be considered in future studies to investigate the relationship between stress and health, Nabi said.
The report was in the 27th Published online June issue of the European Heart Journal.
Dr. Gregg Fonarow, professor of cardiology at the University of California, Los Angeles, said that "stress and reactions to stressful situations with increased risk of cardiovascular disease in many studies have been associated."
However, few studies have examined whether the perception of the individual to stress is associated with cardiovascular outcome, he said.
And it is unclear whether stress reduction can influence the risk of heart attack, Fonarow said.
"Further studies are needed to determine whether the reduction of stress or other risk reduction strategies can cardiovascular events in men and women that they, acting under stress are reduced to perceive a negative impact on their health," he said.
Collected for the study team Nabi data from more than 7,000 men and women in the Whitehall II study, which followed the civil servants based in London since 1985.
The participants were asked how they felt the pressure or stress in their lives on their health. Based on their responses, which were assigned to one of three groups: "To all", "mild to moderate" or "very or extremely".
The participants asked about their levels of stress and other lifestyle factors such as smoking, alcohol, diet and physical activity.
The researchers also found medical information, such as hypertension, diabetes and weight status, and other data, such as marital status, age, gender, ethnicity and status collected socio-economic development.
Over 18 years of follow, there were 352 heart attacks or death from heart attack.
Having taken into account all these factors, the researchers found that those who affect their health as "very good or" had reported stress more than double the risk of heart attack to those who reported no stress compared does not affect their health.
Adjusted for biological, behavioral and psychological risk for other reasons - including the levels and measures of social support, stress - the risk is not as high. But it was still much higher (49 percent) than those that stress affects your health, said the researchers.
While the study found an association between degree of perceived stress and heart disease does not prove cause and effect.
Samantha Heller, senior clinical nutritionist at NYU Langone Medical Center in New York, offered a few tips for dealing with stress.
The stress response is not just a reaction to a psychological situation, but a physiological response, he said.
"The acute and chronic stress over time can make us sick. Our perception of how stress affects our health, an additional stress factor to be biochemically, physiologically and psychologically, a feedback loop that leads to an increase in physical distress and disease , "Heller said.
Stress management is not to ignore it, he said. "Working with a qualified mental health professional who specializes in cognitive behavioral therapy can be very helpful. Instead, there are some things that you can do yourself."
Take several slow, deep breaths periodically throughout the day. Deep breathing can be the body's fight or flight response.
Exercise regularly. Cardiovascular exercise teaches the body to manage the physiological effects of stress. It also helps to reduce anxiety and depression.
Eat healthily as possible. Acute or chronic stress can trigger the desire to comfort foods with high calorie dip. But after an initial flash of relief, feeling tired, tired, and maybe worse.
Identify stress triggers and create a plan to help you cope.
Instead focus on your health, be proactive and look for ways to improve it. If you have high blood pressure, learning to reduce the sodium in your diet. Start walking a few days a week, to strengthen the heart and help to control weight to prevent heart attack.