Scientists from the Universities of Kyoto, in Japan, and California, in the United States, have followed the evolution of 3,000 men and 3,000 women for 13 years and have discovered that when they suffered stress peaks (even in everyday situations) their risk of suffering a cardiovascular problem increased up to 90%.

And the problem is so important that this group of researchers now believe that daily stress from work, family or financial affairs is “a key risk factor” that causes cardiovascular diseases, ailments that, every year in the world, cause the death of 17 million people.

In Spain, there are 120,000 and this is already the main cause of death in our country.

Furthermore, this research is one of the first to analyze the impact of everyday stress on the general population and has concluded that adults with normal blood pressure and high levels of stress hormones are more likely to develop high blood pressure and experiencing cardiovascular events compared to those who had lower levels of stress hormones, according to this new study published today in the scientific journal “Hypertension”, which manages the American Heart Association.

Risk factor

“The stress hormones norepinephrine, epinephrine, dopamine and cortisol can increase with stress from life, work, relationship or financial events. And we confirm that stress is a key factor contributing to the risk of hypertension and events. cardiovascular disease, “explained the author of this study, Kosuke Inoue, an expert in epidemiology at the Universities of Kyoto and California.

More than 6,000 people have participated in this new research, but, of them, a group of 412 adults (between 48 and 87 years old) was selected to be able to carry out, through urine analysis, more exhaustive controls of their levels of stress hormones from 2005 to 2018. About half were female, 54% were Hispanic, 22% were black, and 24% were white.

And this has been the most worrying result: for an average of 11 years, there was a 90% increased risk of cardiovascular problems every time the levels of cortisol, one of the most important hormones related to stress, doubled.

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