Negative stress may lead to heart disease New Delhi, July 07, 2016: Marital disharmony and job dissatisfaction are the two main psychological risk factors for a heart attack. Many studies in the past have inferred that there is a strong correlation between a nagging wife and early heart attacks in men. "Similarly, literature has shown that work-related stress is related to early onset of high blood pressure, diabetes, stroke, and heart attacks," said Padma Shri Awardee Dr KK Aggarwal – President Heart Care Foundation of India (HCFI) and Honorary Secretary General IMA. A study from University College, London has shown that chronically stressed workers have a 68% higher risk of developing heart disease especially those under the age of 50. Whether it is stress-related chemical changes or stress-related behavior linked to heart disease, is yet to be answered. Stress-related lifestyle involves eating unhealthy food, smoking, drinking, and skipping exercises. Chemical changes related to chronic stress are increased levels of cortisol, epinephrine, and norepinephrine. Negative stress is more dangerous than positive stress and amongst the different kinds of negative stress; jealousy, anger, and cynicism are associated with heart attack. The answer lies in managing stress by acting on a personal situation and not reacting to it. In children the same type of stress, especially during exam days, can result in anxiety, insomnia, and suicidal attempts. To manage stress one should think positive, think opposite or think differently.