Stress linked to genetics increases risk of heart attack

Boston: A recent study found that genetically predisposed people are at increased risk of heart attacks after experiencing stressful situations.

According to media reports, American researchers have found that people whose stress is linked to their genetics are 34% more likely to suffer a heart attack as a result of adverse conditions.

Researchers also found that these people were three times more likely to have a heart attack during times of stress than when they were in a state of anxiety or depression.

“We found in the study that people who are genetically predisposed to stress are much more likely to have a heart attack after adverse events,” said the study’s lead researcher, Dr. Shady Abuhashim of Massachusetts General Hospital and from Harvard Medical School.

He added that we now understand that there are other factors responsible for the increased incidence of heart attacks in humans. We can potentially treat people with screening and prevention measures such as exercise, yoga, mindfulness, or other methods that can reduce anxiety and depression as well as heart health risks.

The study results will be presented at the American College of Cardiology annual meeting in Atlanta in early April.

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