Mourning the loss of a loved one increases your risk of heart disease by 64%

Mail Online | 4/10/2019 | Alexandra Thompson Senior Health Reporter For Mailonline
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The stress of losing a loved-one could increase your risk of heart disease, research suggests.

People who suffer stress-related disorders, such as PTSD, are 64 per cent more at risk heart failure within the first year of a traumatic event.

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Researchers studied patients with stress-related disorders - a group of psychiatric conditions triggered by a stressful life event.

Such events can include the grieving a loved one, being diagnosed with a deadly illness, natural disasters or being violently attacked.

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Past studies investigating the link between stress and heart disease have mostly focused on war veterans with PTSD.

But researchers at the University of Iceland and the Karolinska Institute, Sweden, wanted to determine how stressful life events affect the public.

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They analysed 136,637 people who were diagnosed with a stress-related disorder between 1987 and 2013.

As well as PTSD, another example is acute stress reaction, when people develop anxiety, flashbacks or palpitations after a stressful event.

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And adjustment disorder occurs when a person experiences more stress than would be expected in response to a 'simple issue', such as a new job.

The patients in the study were compared against their brother or sisters, which came to a total of 171,314 siblings.

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Each patient was also matched against ten randomly-selected people of the same sex and birth year, but were free of any stress-related disorders or heart disease.

Results - published in The BMJ - suggest 'stressed people' are more likely to develop cardiovascular disorders when faced with a traumatic life event.

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The risk is worst during the first year after the event, when patients are 64 per cent...
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