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As if being stressed werenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t bad enough, thinking youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re stressed might also cause serious problems. Turns out, perceived stress, or how much you think youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re stressed, is associated with a higher risk of coronary heart disease, according to a new study published in the American Journal of Cardiology.
Researchers analyzed six studies to see how perceived stress affects your ticker. Each of the studies asked participants to self-report intense or frequent feelings of stress and then followed each participant for about 14 years to see if they were diagnosed with, hospitalized, or died from coronary heart disease.Ã‚Â What they found: Participants who reported high levels of stress had a 27 percent higher risk of developing coronary heart disease.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“When people say that theyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re stressed, itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a good indicator of how often theyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re experiencing the increased reactivity of their autonomic nervous systemÃ¢â‚¬”the sort of flight-or-fight response that we think of as associated with stress,Ã¢â‚¬Â says Donald Edmondson, Ph.D., assistant professor of Behavioral Medicine at the Center for Behavioral Cardiovascular Health at the Columbia University Medical Center, and one of the study authors.