How does stress impact cardiovascular disease among African Americans? – Medical News Bulletin

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The effects of depression, anxiety, and stress on well-being are becoming apparent, with researchers finding links between negative emotional states and chronic diseases.

Cardiovascular disease is one of the major causes of death worldwide. To combat this growing problem, the American Heart Association devised seven targets called Life’s Simple 7 (LS7), which are designed to improve the cardiovascular health of Americans. This system targets four health behaviours (smoking, diet, physical activity, and body mass index) and three health factors (blood pressure, total cholesterol, and fasting plasma glucose, which is an indicator of diabetes). Each target has three score categories—ideal, intermediate, or poor—which can be used to gauge the state of…

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