Tough economy can stress out heart

April 24, 2009 2:46:12 PM PDT
In tough economic times work stress may be hard to avoid but it's stressing out your heart. That's because stress not only has been shown to increase the risk of a first heart attack but also a second. Researchers reporting in the Journal of the American Medical Association say work stress is bad for the heart because it causes your body to be in a state of high arousal all the time. That can raise blood pressure, increase adrenaline and inflammation and narrowing of blood vessels.

Scientists say, so far, they have no solution but recommend exercising and relaxation techniques.