Acute Emotional Stress and the Heart

Torpy, Janet M.
July 2007
JAMA: Journal of the American Medical Association;7/18/2007, Vol. 298 Issue 3, p260
Academic Journal
This article presents the patient education page which focuses on acute emotional stress and how it can affect the heart. Stress can cause sudden heart attacks, arrhythmias and death. Individuals with congestive heart failure and heart disease should avoid emotional stress whenever possible. Women appear to be more susceptible to developing heart problems in the face of emotional stress. The effects of stress on the heart are listed from increased heart rate to spasms of the blood vessels in the heart. Tips for preventing and managing stress are offered.


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