Financial Stress Greatly Increases Heart Attack Risk

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People who reported significant financial stress were 13 times more likely to have a heart attack than those who had minimal or no stress.
 

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Financial worries may raise heart attack risk by 13-fold

The study included 106 people who had checked into a large public hospital in Johannesburg for a heart attack; The researchers also examined a control group of 106 healthy, age-, sex-, and race-matched participants.

As much as 96 percent of those who had had a heart attack reported having experienced some level of stress, and 40 percent of them said that they had experienced severe levels of stress.

People who reported significant financial stress were 13 times more likely to have a heart attack than those who had minimal or no stress.

 Additionally, people who had experienced mild, moderate, or severe depression in the past month were three times more likely to have a heart attack.

 “Our study shows that psychosocial aspects are an area of cardiovascular prevention that deserves more attention.”

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Medical News Today

Ana Sandoiu
November 11, 2017

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Dr. Parker’s Commentary

Traditional medicine over emphasizes the physiological aspect of heart disease and heart attacks, and tends to ignore the psycho-social aspects of heart disease and heart attacks.

Over and over again studies suggest that stress plays a major role in heart problems, yet the emphasis continues to be on finding the right pill. 

Clearly, it would be better to give patients money than give them statins if you want to reduce the risk of a heart attack.

 

“Work like you don’t need the money. Dance like no one is watching. And love like you’ve never been hurt.”

-Mark Twain-

 

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Dr. Parker is a 68 year old heart attack survivor and cardiac psychologist. He is an Honors graduate of Stanford University with forty years of clinical experience. Dr. Parker is available for consultation on heart matters. Contact him at heartcurrents(at)gmail.com.