"stress can actually kill people."
--Janice Kiecolt-Glaser, professor of psychology and psychiatry at Ohio State U.
Scientists have found strong evidence that mental stress can be deadly
for people who suffer from heart disease. They found that the death
rate was nearly three times higher for heart patients who suffered
from mental stress. Although stress is essentially a mental condition,
it does have a profound impact on the body too. It constricts blood
vessels and raises blood pressure and heart beat rate, increasing the
heart's demand for oxygen. The result is that the heart muscle may not
get enough blood - a condition known as ischaemia. "This adds to a
growing body of evidence that links mental stress and bad outcomes
in individuals with coronary artery disease"
--Dr. David Sheps, BBC
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