Often feeling anxious increase risk of stroke


anxietyFeeling anxious is a normal human experience. Even so, excessive worry is also not good. A study published in the Stroke journal reveals that often experiencing anxiety can increase the risk of stroke.

The higher the level of anxiety experienced, the higher the risk of stroke faced. This study is the first to link between anxiety and stroke regardless of other factors such as depression. Disease associated with anxiety is serious mental problem. Some of the symptoms include frequently feeling anxious, stressed, nervous, and thinking too much.

Researchers looked at 6,019 people aged 25-74 years for 22 years. They did blood tests on the participants and interviewed them. Not only that, researchers also measured the anxiety levels and overall health of their bodies. They found that even moderate anxiety can also affect the risk of stroke.

People who experience symptoms of anxiety, especially very high, are known to have a stroke risk 33 percent higher than those who rarely feel anxious, this is as reported by Science Daily (19/12).

“Everyone has felt anxious. However when anxiety is excessive and too high to severe, it may affect cardiovascular health in the long term,” said Maya Lambiase, researchers of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Pittsburgh.

In addition, people who have high levels of anxiety are usually easier to have unhealthy habits such as smoking, not exercising and other habits that are associated with stroke. Another factor that can affect is the stress hormones, heart rate, and blood pressure.

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