Heart Attacks Are Linked to Patients’ Activity Level, Emotional State.
A large global study of more than 12,000 first-time heart-attack patients from 52 countries, by researchers at the Population Health Research Institute at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, found a strong link between the attack and what the patients were doing and feeling in the hour preceding the event. Published in the journal Circulation, it found that being angry or emotionally upset more than doubled the risk of suffering a heart attack. Performing heavy physical activity in a highly emotional state more than tripled the risk. The researchers compared people’s behavior in the 60 minutes before the onset of heart-attack symptoms with the same one-hour period 24 hours earlier.
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