Study linked recurring stress to heart attacks

A study by scientists at the Harvard Medical School recently suggested why recurring stress can result in heart attacks, a TIME article stated on June 22.

According to the study’s co-author Matthias Nahrendorf, white blood cells are produced in excess when an individual is under stress, but its constant overproduction can cause heart problems. The white blood cells become lodged on artery walls, resulting in irregular blood flow and eventually leading to clotting. Though the researchers connected chronic stress and heart attacks, other factors like high cholesterol, genetic traits, and smoking also largely influence the occurrence of cardiovascular diseases.

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