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People’s perception of the effect of stress on their health is linked to risk of heart attacks

27 June 2013

People who believe that stress is having an adverse impact on their health are probably right, because they have an increased risk of suffering a heart attack, according to new research published online in the European Heart Journal.

The latest findings from the UK’s Whitehall II study, which has followed several thousand London-based civil servants since 1985, found that people who believe stress is affecting their health “a lot or extremely” had double the risk of a heart attack compared to people who didn’t believe stress was having a significant effect on their health. After adjusting for factors that could affect this result, such as biological, behavioural or psychological risk factors, they still had a 50% greater risk of suffering or dying from a heart attack.

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