Stress may cause sudden dead
A grave problem facing mankind today is the issue of stress. Stress is a cause of death. It is responsible for numerous illnesses and in fact plays a part in nearly all. Stress is a true killer. Stress is defined as, "To press; to urge; to distress; to put to difficulties."
Have you ever been so irritated or fumed that it "made your blood boil"? In fact, anger can set off physiological change that affects your blood, momentarily elevating your risk of a heart attack or related problem. Research studies confirm that in the two hours after a fuming outburst, a person has a slightly higher risk of having chest pain (angina), a stroke, a heart attack, or a precarious heart rhythm.
An abstract from Article in JAMA The Journal of the American Medical Association 298(3):324-9 · August 2007 Reads;
‘‘Episodes of acute emotional stress can have significant adverse effects on the heart. Acute emotional stress can produce left ventricular contractile dysfunction, myocardial ischemia, or disturbances of cardiac rhythm. Although these abnormalities are often only transient, their consequences can be gravely damaging and sometimes fatal.’’
Following are a few of the latest media excerpts heralding the dangers of stress:
"Anger causes an outpouring of stress hormones like adrenaline, which makes your heart beat faster and your blood pressure rise. It also makes your blood more likely to clot, which is especially dangerous if your arteries are narrowed by cholesterol-laden plaque," says Dr. Murray A. Mittleman, an associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School. He created the widely accepted anger assessment scale (see "The anger rating scale") used in anger-related research worldwide.
March 22, 2004, WebMD:
"Anger, frustration, and other mental stress can trigger abnormal heart rhythms that may lead to sudden death, new research shows."
“Died of fright” and “worried to death” are amongst many everyday terminologies that bear witness to the long held belief that strong feelings may precipitate sudden cardiac death. Until recently such a view has been largely restricted to the realms of anecdote, but there is now considerable and convincing proof linking mental and emotional stress with arrhythmias and sudden death.
All stress is a product of someone’s directly or indirectly—whether it’s a parent distressed over a wayward child’s actions, or the stress generated by hating one’s neighbor, or boss, or in-law. It can be stress caused by slothfulness or a complaining spirit.
History is replete with anecdotal examples of an emotionally charged event followed almost immediately by the death of the person. Example is surgeon John Hunter, who collapsed and died following a heated board room meeting: An often quoted example are the words he spoke shortly before collapsing and ‘‘sudden’’ dead, “My life is at the mercy of any scoundrel who should put me in a passion”
October 2003, Better Nutrition magazine:
"Researchers have consistently suggested that people with negative attitudes suffer significantly higher rates of stress, depression and disease."
September 24, 2003, Web MD:
Developing breast cancer
"As if life isn’t stressful enough, Swedish researchers say that being under stress may double a woman’s risk of developing breast cancer."
June 16, 2003, Web MD, a headline reads, "How Stress Causes Miscarriage." The final paragraph of the feature reads:
They found that women who reported being under stress had twice the risk of developing breast cancer as women, who managed to stay cool, calm, and collected. This twofold risk held up even when they took into account other factors that might explain the increased risk for breast cancer, such as family history of cancer, alcohol use, body weight, smoking, and factors related to reproduction, such as the age when women first had their periods, the age they were when they had their first baby, and the age they were they began menopause.
Everyone experiences stress at times. It must be transferred, or it will destroy length of days and quality of life.
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2. "Anger Can Provoke Sudden Cardiac Death," WebMD.com, 3/22/04