-- Robert Preidt
WEDNESDAY, Feb. 23 (HealthDay News) -- People's emotional
response to challenges may affect how their body reacts to stress,
according to a new study.
To reach that conclusion, researchers from the University of
Pittsburgh had individuals make a speech in a laboratory in front
of a video camera and a panel of judges. The participants' physical
responses were monitored during the speech, and they were later
asked about the emotions they felt while delivering the speech.
Those who reported high levels of anger and anxiety after their
speech had greater increases in a marker of inflammation called
interleukin-6, compared with those who remained relatively
The findings may explain why some people with high levels of
stress experience chronic health problems, the researchers
The study is published in the February issue of the journal
Brain, Behavior, and Immunity.
"Our results raise the possibility that individuals who become angry or anxious when confronting relatively minor challenges in their lives are prone to increases in inflammation," Anna Marsland, an associate professor of psychology and nursing and the study's lead author, said in a journal news release.
"Over time, this may render these emotionally reactive individuals more vulnerable to inflammatory diseases, such as cardiovascular disease," she noted.
The American Heart Association has more about
stress and how to manage it.
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