Persistent Stress May Hasten Death in Heart Patients

MONDAY, June 26, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- If you have heart disease, unrelenting stress might hasten your death, researchers report. Adults who suffered from persistent mental distress, including depression and anxiety, were nearly four times more likely to die from heart disease and almost three times more likely to die from any cause compared to stress-free folks, New Zealand researchers found. "The cumulative burden of psychological stress increases the mortality risk in patients with heart disease," said lead researcher Dr. Ralph Stewart. The association only applied to people with persistent stress -- not mild or occasional distress, the researchers said...

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