Mar 21, 2020, 08:28AM ISTSource: ANI
A new study has thrown light on how stress and mental pressure can trigger a second heart attack in patients. We all have stress in our lives–whether it’s due to financial woes, work pressures, relationship issues, illness or even natural disasters or health crisis like the emerging coronavirus. For some people who survive a heart attack, it seems mental stress–as opposed to physical stress–may be a stronger predictor of a repeat heart attack or dying from heart disease, according to research presented at the American College of Cardiology’s Annual Scientific Session Together with World Congress of Cardiology (ACC.20/WCC). Traditional stress tests, in which someone exercises on a treadmill or takes a medicine that makes the heart beat faster and harder as if the person was actually exercising, have long been used to check blood flow to the heart and gauge the risk of heart problems. Overall, mental stress-induced myocardial ischemia occurred in 16% of patients and conventional ischemia in 35%, suggesting that traditional ischemia due to exercise or drug-induced stress is more common. The incidence of heart attack or cardiovascular-related death was more than doubled in patients with mental stress-induced ischemia compared with those without mental stress ischemia, occurring in 10 (20%) and 20 (8%) patients, respectively.