Scientists warn: chronic anxiety threatens with a stroke

To avoid a stroke, scientists from the USA recommend less worry and worry about nothing. These findings of experts published in the latest issue of the journal American Heart Association Stroke.

For the first time, scientists separately examined the effect of increased anxiety on the state of the cardiovascular system in the long term. Previously, such findings were relevant to people in depression. For 22 years, the authors of the scientific work have analyzed data on the health status of more than 6,000 US residents of different age categories from 25 to 74 years.

The study participants answered questions regarding mental and physical health, talked about their condition, and took blood tests. Cases of strokes, including fatal, were noted on medical records.

As scientists found out, even a slight increase in the level of anxiety significantly increased the risk of stroke. And patients who scored the most points for the most part of signs of anxiety disorder were 33% more likely to be stroke victims, unlike those who scored the least.

To date, anxiety disorders are one of the most common mental problems. Its symptoms are a feeling of inexplicable anxiety and depression, tension or nervousness.

“Every person is sometimes worried. However, when this feeling is constantly increasing or becoming chronic, it may affect the functioning of the vascular system in the future, ”said Dr. Maya Lambiase from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine in Pennsylvania.

event_note December 7, 2019

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