According to the JAMA Network Open magazine, financial issues and adverse life events can cause stress levels to skyrocket, leading to heart attacks and strokes.
Such events included divorce, jobless, bereavement, or the serious illness of a family member.
Experts do not know for sure what causes the high risk of cardiovascular diseases among overstressed people, the source pointed out.
But many different processes in the body, such as atherosclerosis and blood clotting, can be affected.
Stress is defined as “feeling nervous, irritable, or anxious due to factors at work or home, being in financial difficulties, or having experienced difficult events and challenging times in your life.”