Too much stress is harmful and even worse if it comes from several aspects of your life, such as personal high-stress life events (think of a divorce/separation/death or abuse), social relationships and a demanding job above your capabilities. According to a recent study, these stressors significally increase the risk of a heart disease in women above 60 years old.
The study investigated 80.825 women aged 63.4 years in the period between 1991 to 2015 and concluded that:
- personal high-stress life events increase the risk of coronary heart disease by 12%
- stress from socializing can lead to a 9% increased risk of coronary heart disease.
A demanding job alone was not connected to an increased risk of coronary heart disease. BUT the combination of a demanding job with stress from socializing, seems to work synergistically. Together these 2 stressors increase the risk of developing coronary heart disease by 21%!
Just a reminder: coronary heart disease occurs with the heart’s arteries become narrow and can’t bring sufficient oxygenated blood to the heart. By the way, other vital organs suffer from it as well.
Curious? HERE is the source