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Financial stress Increases Heart Attack Risk Significantly

By jeremyc | November 7, 2017

Researchers have found a correlation between financial stress and increased risk of heart attack. According to a new report, the risk of suffering a heart attack increases by 13 percent when there’s financial stress, but that’s not all. Work stress, too, was found to increase the risk of heart attack. People under work stress were found to be 6 times more likely to have a heart attack.

Worrying about money is a common phenomenon. A survey has showed that as many as 72 percent of Americans experienced the burden of financial stress once or more in last month. Equally worrying is the fact that another 22 percent reported experiencing severe financial stress in last month.

How psychological factors affect disease is something that has not been studied thoroughly. In this study, the researchers set out to do just that.

The study authors monitored 106 individuals who have had a heart attack. They also monitored healthy people, 106 in total, which together formed the control group.

All the participants were told to complete a questionnaire in which they were asked questions regarding stress, anxiety, financial stress, work-related stress, and depression.

Based on their answers, the participants were divided into 4 groups: zero, mild, moderate, and significant financial stress.

The researchers noted that the risk of heart attack was 13 times greater in individuals who had significant financial stress. Additionally, the risk of heart attack was 5.6 times more in individuals who had moderate work-related stress.

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