Coronary heart disease is a loaded gun, and psychological stress often proves to be the trigger. Nature Reviews Cardiology published a 2012 article revealing the link between cardiovascular disease and psychological stress. Not only is there a link, but what’s now known is that chronic stress acts as a predictor of coronary heart disease. Catalysts like social isolation and job-related stress actually increase the risk of heart attack or other coronary events. Short term and long term stress both facilitate the problem which suggests the urgency of stress management techniques. The slogan, “Live. Love. Laugh”…may prove the best advice, after all. See the article for more.
Steptoe A, Kivimäki M. Stress and Cardiovascular Disease. Nat Rev Cardiol. 2012 Apr 3;9(6):360-70. doi: 10.1038/nrcardio.2012.45. Review. PubMed PMID: 22473079. – http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22473079