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Emotional stress linked to heart attack

Researchers at University of Sydney’s Brain and Mind Research Institute (BMRI) have found that heart attack survivors who live alone and people exposed to extreme stress have a greater heart attack risk.

Sudden emotional stress, such as a family member’s death (also known as “broken heart syndrome”), was found to also lead to heart attacks. Extreme stress from sporting events and natural disasters were also seen to greatly contribute to heart attack risk.

By reviewing ten years of data, researchers also dismissed the myth that chronic job stress increases the chance of heart attack, finding instead that the effect of job stress on heart disease was limited.

Read more at University of Sydney

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