General News Research — 31 August 2012
Chronic stress heightens stroke risk

Ambitious and stress-prone type A personalities are more than twice as likely to have a stroke than their more relaxed counterparts, anew study says.

The link between chronic stress and stroke had been reported in the past, but new research, published in the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry, confirmed that stress is just as
risky as smoking or consuming more than two energy drinks a day.

The researchers measured the ERCTA (type A personality) scores of 150 people who had suffered a stroke and 300 who had not and found those with a rating of The behaviours linked to higher scores included hostility, aggression and impatience.

But while the type-A stroke risk outstripped other factors like unhealthy lifestyle, the strongest stroke indicators were still major life disturbances, heart rhythm irregularities and daytime sleepiness, the authors said.

A major life event quadrupled a person’s risk of stroke, while heart rhythm issues and sleepiness tripled it, they added.

As first appeared in Psychiatry Update, 30 August 2012

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