How you perceive stressful events and react towards them in your day-to-day life is more important to your health than how repeatedly you encounter stress, a study noted. Researchers said that the more negatively one reacts to a certain situation the more he/she is likely to be at a risk of becoming prone to heart diseases.
The research team members wanted to ascertain whether daily stress and variability in heart rates are a determining factor in the heart’s automatic regulation. One of the probable pathways, which links stress to future heart ailments is an impairment of the automatic nervous system (a case of a person’s usually self-regulated nervous system going off course).
Nancy L Sin from thePennsylvania State University said that higher variability in heart rates is better for health as it reflects the capacity to answer to challenges. On the contrary, people with lower variability in heart rates are at a higher risk of heart ailments and even premature deaths, Sin further mentioned in the paper published in thePsychosomatic Medicine Journal.
Depression and other chief stressful happenings are considered to be dangerous for health, however not much attention has been devoted to the health consequences of hassles and frustrations in a day-to-day life. The team had studied the data collected from 909 people between the ages of 35 and 85 years, including daily interviews on the telephone over a period of eight successive days and the outcomes from an electro-cardiogram.
During everyday telephone interviews, participants were made to report about the stressful occurrences as well as negative emotions they had experienced that particular day. The researchers discovered that participants who reported numerous stressful events taking place in their lives were not necessarily those who suffered from lower heart rate variability.
It was therefore concluded that no matter how few or how many events an individual experiences, it was those who experienced a higher upsurge in negative emotions and who perceived the incidents as more stressful had lower heart rate variability, meaning those people could be at a greater risk of heart ailments, the authors mentioned.