A new study finds that chronic stress can increase the risk of heart disease.
Researchers looked at data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, which tracks the health of more than 13.6 million Americans, and found that people who were more stressed experienced a threefold increase in the risk for heart disease over the course of their lifetimes.
Researchers found that the increase in heart disease was linked to people who had a family history of heart failure or a family member with a heart disease or diabetes.
The study authors say the increased risk may be tied to a number of genes, including genes that play a role in heart health.
Heart failure is the most common cause of death in people in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Heart disease is a disease in which the heart fails to pump enough blood to the muscles and organs that normally keep the heart beating.
It is most common in older people.
The study was published online today in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Dr. Jennifer C. Ting, a study co-author and associate professor of medicine at the University of Alabama, Birmingham, said the new research could help doctors identify people at risk for a heart attack.
The heart failure risk appears to increase with the number of stressful events a person experiences, Ting said.
“I think it’s a real concern that a number [of genes] may be contributing to increased risk of developing heart disease,” she said.
The researchers looked at how the number and type of stressful life events affected a person’s risk of dying from heart failure.
In addition, the researchers looked into whether people with heart disease had the same risk of having a family with a family histories of heart health or diabetes, which is a risk factor for heart failure and heart disease overall.
The team looked at nearly 100,000 people who filled out the National Survey of Family Growth, a national survey that collects information on health and economic factors in the U.S. It also collects information about health status and life expectancy.
The survey found that heart failure was most prevalent in people with a high income, a spouse or partner who was also living with a person with a history of chronic heart failure, and a parent or other adult who was working or living at home.
Ting said the researchers found that those with a low income and spouse or parent with a chronic heart disease also had higher risk of being diagnosed with heart failure over time.
“It could be that a high-income family with someone with a severe heart disease who is also working full time, who’s very stressed, may have a higher risk,” she told News 4.
Thing is, the risk is highest for people who have a family health history of cardiovascular disease.
The risk is even higher for people with diabetes and people with family history, Tings said.
Turing said this is a very rare finding.
“People with a genetic predisposition to heart failure are very unlikely to develop cardiovascular disease,” Ting told News 3.
“So that’s something that we’re really just scratching the surface of,” she added.
Researchers say more research is needed to identify the genetic and environmental causes of heart damage.
They are also hoping to find out how chronic stress affects the body and how it can be prevented.
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