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An increasing amount of research has linked emotional health to physical wellness. In one of the latest studies, researchers at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine have discovered another troubling emotion that can cause health troubles.
The 22-year study shows that anxiety increases your risk for stroke.
“Everyone has some anxiety now and then. But when it’s elevated and/or chronic, it may have an effect on your vasculature years down the road,” says researcher Maya Lambiase, Ph.D.
People with high anxiety also are likely to smoke and be physically inactive, possibly explaining part of the anxiety-stroke link. Higher stress hormone levels, heart rate or blood pressure could also be factors, Lambiase said.
Stroke is a major cause of disability and the fourth leading cause of death in the U.S.