We know that a little stress can be good for you, but when you're constantly feeling under pressure—overwhelmed, anxious, totally frazzled—the effects can actually add up to something dangerous. As if a clear, peaceful mind wasn't incentive enough to de-stress, we rounded up some of the scariest ways stress can wreak havoc on our bodies—from fueling cancer to raising the risk of heart attacks.
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It Raises Your Risk for Stroke
Stressed-out people may have a higher stroke risk than their more mellowed-out peers, according to an observational study published in the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry.
"Compared with healthy age-matched individuals, stressful habits and type A behavior are associated with high risk of stroke. This association is not modified by gender," the researchers, from the Hospital Clinico Universitario San Carlos in Madrid, wrote in the study.