Doctors discover why stressed out people have more heart attacks


Emotional stress has long been considered a major risk factor for heart disease. But doctors have struggled to determine exactly how all that tension and mental strain can harm your heart.

A new study suggests that the brain’s fear and stress region — the amygdala — might be the connecting piece. 

Researchers found that heightened activity in the amygdala is associated with a greater risk of heart disease and stroke. The new research was published this week in The Lancet.

While larger studies and additional research are needed to confirm the findings, the researchers said their study could eventually lead to new ways for treating stress-related heart risk.  Read more…

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