Prolonged Stress Triggers Stroke
Prolonged stress not only triggers mental fatigue, but also affect physical health. Psychological and physiological reactions of unacceptable situation changes will stimulate the release of the cortisol hormone, which has the effect of damaging the body.
According to WebMD, stress will make the heart beat faster and raise blood pressure. In long term, these conditions cause constriction of blood vessels and increased blood cholesterol leading to stroke. It was also known that stroke is one of the diseases that threatens since young age.
A Spanish study published in the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry, suggests that those who are temperamental, impatient, aggressive, and hostile, have a higher risk of stroke than those who go through life with ease.
Living with chronic stress have a four times greater risk of having a stroke. “These findings actually wanted to let you know that stroke prevention can be done by reducing stress in yourself,” says Ana Maria Garcia, a researcher from Clinico Universitario San Carlos, Madrid.
Researchers enrolled 150 people who had experienced a stroke and 300 people have never had a stroke. The majority age was 54 years old. In addition to the stress levels, researchers analyzed the risk factors associated with stroke such as drinking alcohol, smoking, coffee intake, and favorite foods.
The results of this study first shows the relationship of stress and stroke. Before more studies linking stress to heart disease. “Stress is a strong risk factor for stroke,” stroke treatment specialists, Rafael Ortiz, MD, said. Previously, it was also mentioned that women who experience work stress are prone to diabetes.