Heart Disease can be
caused by Stress
January 10th, 2006
A recent study published in Psychophysiology confirms that mental stress
raises blood pressure and also causes negative emotions in the brains
regions which cause a physical response to the whole body.
Because of the activity in the cingulated cortex while the person is
having mental stress it may cause their blood pressure to rise and this
puts the individual at a higher risk for heart disease.
The study was conducted on men and women who had their mental activity
measured by functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). They also
measured their blood pressure while the men and women were performing a
computer task that created mental stress. By measuring the brain
activity and the blood pressure during the task the researchers were
able to instantaneously see the changes and the direct relationship
between brain activity and blood pressure.
It has already been suspected that stress will raise blood pressure, but
this study concretes that getting mentally stressed can cause your body
to be affected. Finding ways to reduce your mental stress and
handle situations better can be one way to help keep blood pressure
lower along with medication, diet and exercise.
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