In continuing coverage, Reuters (12/28, Huggins) reported that research published online in Stroke suggests that greater levels of anxiety may be associated with a higher risk of stroke.
On its website, TIME (12/28, Nicks) reported that investigators looked at data on more than 6,000 “men and women over about 16 years.” The researchers found that “anxiety is responsible for a relatively small uptick, 14 percent, in the risk of suffering a stroke.”
The Huffington Post (12/28) reported that although the research “does not show that anxiety causes stroke,” study author Maya Lambiase, PhD, “noted that people with greater anxiety levels might be more likely to engage in unhealthy behaviors such as sedentary activity or smoking, which are known stroke risk factors.” Meanwhile, “other potential factors could include higher blood pressure or stress hormone levels.”
— “Anxiety linked to stroke risk, “C.E. Huggins, Reuters, December 27, 2013.