Stress sufferers who focus too much on their stress may increase their risk of coronary heart disease by 50%, according to a new study.
Stress can lead to other serious health issues
Researchers found that people who anticipated being unhealthy due to their stress negatively impacted the health of their heart.
This latest study examined data from the Whitehall II study which gathered health data from several thousand civil servants from 1985 onwards.
The Whitehall II study is partly funded by the British Heart Foundation and this latest study analyses the data and was published in the European Heart Journal.
Researchers identified that people who believed that their stress was significantly affecting their health increased their risk by 50% compared to those who did not think stress was making an impact on their health.
Thembi Nkala, a Senior Cardiac Nurse at the British Heart Foundation, said: "The effect of stress on your body and heart is an extremely complex issue and it's something we don't yet fully understand.
“These findings raise the possibility that the mere perception of stress can impact on heart health - but they also leave more questions than answers.”
This research follows the announcement from the European Heart Journal that heart disease deaths in Europe have halved since the 1980s. However coronary heart disease is still the UK’s single biggest cause of death.
Nkala offered this advice to anyone worried by stress of its related health problems. She said: "Think about which areas of your life are most stressful and find ways to better cope with them or, if possible, avoid them completely.
“Stress can make you smoke, eat and drink alcohol excessively so a healthy lifestyle, relaxation techniques and physical activity can be helpful. Your doctor can offer support, too."
If you are concerned about developing a heart condition, look for a health insurance policy that has comprehensive heart cover.
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