Syracuse (WSYR-TV) – Researchers in Europe have determined a link between stress and heart attacks.
The study looked at more than 7,000 men and women around the age of 50 and found that 49 percent of participants who said they were either "a lot" or "extremely" stressed, were more likely to have a heart attack or die of heart disease.
The research published in the “European Heart Journal,” suggests the negative effects of stress may increase blood pressure or heart rate or could have indirect effects, such as an increase in smoking or excessive drinking.
Experts say it is important to identify the stress and to try to manage it in a healthy way, such as through physical activity, relaxation or meditation.
If the stress is very severe, experts urge people to seek professional help.