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Research News: Can Stress Kill?

Waterhouse_1888_LadyShalott_Tate Copenhagen – Researchers assessed the effect of psychological stress on total and cause-specific mortality among men and women. Danish participants in the Copenhagen City Heart Study were asked two questions on stress intensity and frequency in 1981 and were followed in a nationwide for twenty-three years. The results show that men with high stress had higher mortality. This finding was most pronounced for deaths due to respiratory diseases, accidents, and suicide. High stress was related to a significantly higher risk of heart disease mortality for younger men. In general, the effects of stress were most pronounced among younger and healthier men. No associations were found between stress and mortality among women.

American Journal of Epidemiology. 2008;168(5):481-491.