Some basic notes on stress:
Stress: how to control it. London: BBC Health News, January 13th 2017.
The Association Between Emotional Stress and Increased Risk of Cardiovascular Disease (CVD)
Stress may be a risk factor “as important as smoking and high blood pressure”, according to a study linking higher activity in the amygdala with a higher probability of developing cardiovascular disease (and doing so earlier on).
Brain activity ‘key in stress link to heart disease’. London: BBC Health News, January 12th 2017.
“ …those who reported the highest levels of stress had the highest levels of amygdala activity and more evidence of inflammation in their blood and arteries”.
NHS Choices’ Behind the Headlines provides more detail:
A pattern of brain activity may link stress to heart attacks. London: NHS Choices; Behind the Headlines, January 12th 2017.