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Stress—Yes, It Really Can Trigger a Heart Attack

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  • More heart attacks and other cardiovascular events occur on Mondays than any other day of the week. This “Monday cardiac phenomenon” has long been believed to be related to work stress
  • Two recent studies shed light on the persistent link between stress and sudden heart attacks
  • In one, a group of German researchers found that as your stress level rises, so do your levels of disease-promoting white blood cells. This can lead to plaque rupture and myocardial infarction
  • The other study found that stress hormones cause the dispersal of bacterial biofilms from the walls of your arteries. This dispersal can allow plaque deposits to suddenly break loose, triggering a heart attack
  • Preventing heart disease involves reducing chronic inflammation in your body. Key tools are diet, exercise, sun exposure, and grounding to the earth. Effective stress management is another important factor

By Dr. Mercola

About one in every three deaths in the US is attributed to heart disease. The most common form of heart disease is coronary artery disease (CAD), which can lead to a heart attack.

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