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How stress causes heart attacks and strokes

How stress causes heart attacks and strokes

The reason why stress causes heart attacks and strokes may finally have been discovered by scientists, leading to hopes that it could be prevented. For years experts have puzzled as to how chronic anxiety leads to heart problems. But now scientists have found that people who have heightened activity in a part of the brain linked to stress – the amygdala – are more likely to develop cardiovascular events.

Eating dinner after 7pm may increase risk of heart attack

Eating dinner after 7pm may increase risk of heart attack

Millions of Britons are increasing their risk of heart attacks by eating dinner after 7pm, experts have warned. Researchers assessed more than 700 adults with high blood pressure, to see what difference their diet and eating times made to their health. The study examined the types of foods eaten, amount of salt consumed, whether breakfast was eaten regularly and timing of evening meals. The research found that eating dinner late had the most significant impact on overnight blood pressure. Having dinner within…

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Stress and Heart Attack link explained

Stress and Heart Attack link explained

Scientists said Sunday they may have unravelled how chronic stress leads to heart attack and stroke: triggering overproduction of disease-fighting white blood cells which can be harmful in excess. Surplus cells clump together on the inner walls of arteries, restricting blood flow and encouraging the formation of clots that block circulation or break off and travel to another part of the body. White blood cells “are important to fight infection and healing, but if you have too many of them, or…

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Over 50s should be taking statins

Over 50s should be taking statins

The risk of a heart attack or stroke is cut by a fifth in those who have no sign of heart disease, shows research by scientists at Oxford University. Treatment guidelines should be reviewed in light of the findings, the experts said, and the NHS should impose a blanket policy of prescribing up to 20  million people statins at a potential cost of £240 million a year. Currently, the only people considered at high risk, those with a one-in-five chance of…

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