Every time you’re stressed, take a breather, and ask yourself if you should even be worked up in the first place. A study on MedicalNewsToday.com shows that the answer to the question “Are you stressed?” may in fact be indicative of one’s chances of developing coronary heart disease (CHD), regardless of whether or not your issues are really worth stressing over.

Researchers from the Columbia University Medical Center analyzed data from six trials, where participants were surveyed about perceived stress. They followed-up on the volunteers after 14 years to collate data on their cardiovascular health; statistics on CHD and heart attacks were noted.

The results showed that those who perceived stress more had higher rates of heart problems and a 27 percent more chance of experiencing CHD. Interestingly, there seems to be a stronger connection between perceived stress and CHD in older participants.

Coronary heart disease is rooted in atherosclerosis, or the hardening of arteries that cause blockage. This may overwork the heart, which can lead to an eventual attack. In order to avoid stress-related cardiovascular conditions, it’s important to do your best to lessen your anxieties, or at least identify which issues are worth your worries. Meditating, being physically active, and going on vacations or stay-cations can also help you put things into perspective.

Stress is one of the prime causes of heart diseases, so think before you worry. Remember, whatever’s gotten you biting your nails isn’t worth your health.

(Photo by Daniel Epstein via Flickr Creative Commons)

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