ow Does Stress Cause Heart Disease?
Richard N. Fogoros, M.DMonday February 1, 2010
For years it has been "common knowledge" that people who are under a lot of stress have an increased risk of heart disease. But is this common knowledge correct? And if so, what kind of stress increases the risk of heart disease, how does it increase risk, and what can be done about it?
Sorting out the effect of stress on the heart is made complicated by three factors: 1) people mean different things by "stress;" 2) the kind of stress people think causes heart disease may not be the worst kind; 3) until recently, there has been little scientific evidence that stress causes heart disease. However, in recent years new information has come to light to help us understand how stress can contribute to heart disease, and what we can do to counter the negative aspects of stress. Read about it here.