Emotional Stress, Plasma Catecholamines, Cardiac Risk Factors, and Atherosclerosis

Kones, Richard J.
May 1979
Angiology;May1979, Vol. 30 Issue 5, p327
Academic Journal
The article presents information about emotional stress, plasma catecholamines, cardiac risk factors and atherosclerosis. Some investigators minimize the importance of stress in the etiology or precipitation of cardiovascular events, and doubt has been expressed to the general public about its significance. The great preponderance of data, however, supports the contention that psychosocial and behavioral factors are consistently associated with the development of ischemic heart disease. Historically the risk factors that have received attention from the cardiologist are cigarette smoking, hypertension, positive family history, hypercholesterolemia, undesirable diet patterns, diabetes mellitus, physical inactivity and obesity.


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