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Link between stress and stroke: Insights from neurosurgeon

Link between stress and stroke: Insights from neurosurgeon Illustrative photo (Photo: Freepik)
Author: Daria Shekina

As known, stress is a cause of many diseases, but does it really provoke a stroke? Neurosurgeon Mark Glukhenkyi provides answers on the YouTube channel "Healthy Conversation."

Is it true that stress is the number one cause of a stroke?

Stress is indeed one of the risk factors for a stroke, but not the primary one. Factors contributing to a stroke can include:

  • Hypertension
  • Unhealthy habits
  • Stress

How can stress trigger a stroke?

"Stress is a rise in blood pressure. When this happens, a person may end up in the hospital diagnosed with an ischemic or hemorrhagic stroke," says the doctor.

Very often, it is some nervous shock or psychosomatic strain.

"I want to say that a stroke is a combination of factors, so to say that only stress affects the increased risk of strokes - no," notes the neurosurgeon.

The doctor also adds that in combination with other problems, with accompanying diseases - yes, stress is a cause.

"To say that it is indeed a problem that can be exclusively associated with stress, for example, if I have stress at work every day and I will have a stroke - no, it's not like that," says the doctor.

"It's a myth, of course, unless you have cardiac pathology, unless you have hypertension, but you have stress every day at work, probably you won't have a stroke," Mark concludes.

Earlier, we talked about 5 daily habits that help you live longer.

Also, read our material about a simple habit that reduces the risk of a heart attack threefold.