Stress may trigger more heart rhythm problems than exercise

03/24/2004 | MSNBC

Stress or anger can play a bigger role than exercise in potentially fatal irregular heartbeat, according to a new study. In looking studies on patients with implanted defibrillators, which shock the heart to restore normal rhythm, researchers found mental stress has a different impact on the heart than strenuous exercise, and can cause disruptions at significantly lower heart rates than those related to exercise.

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