A study indicates that people with stressful lives are more likely to develop heart disease and even die of it. At Columbia University Medical Center in New York City, Donald Edmondson reviewed 14 years of data from six studies involving nearly 120,000 people who had reported their stress levels.
Edmondson says the risk of disease and death rose about 27 percent:
“It’s a moderate increase in risk comparable to about five extra cigarettes a day or three points of blood pressure increase.”
The study in the American Journal of Cardiology was supported by the National Institutes of Health.