Brain Activity May Predict Stress-Related Cardiovascular Risk

By Traci Pedersen

In the largest brain-imaging study of cardiovascular stress physiology to date, researchers have introduced a brain-based explanation of why stress might impact a person’s heart health.

The findings, published in the Journal of the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, show that as we experience stressful events, our brains produce a distinct pattern of activity that appears to be directly tied to bodily reactions — such as rises in blood pressure — that increase the risk for cardiovascular disease.

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One-Third Of Deaths In The U.S. Are Caused By Cardiovascular Disease

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By Stephen Feller   |   Dec. 16, 2015 at 2:42 PM

One-third of deaths in the United States are caused by cardiovascular disease. Among other risk factors that could use some improving, researchers reported that one-third of adults in the United States have no physical activity outside of work.  While progress has been made on the major risk factors for cardiovascular disease, researchers said there is ample opportunity to improve.

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