Why the 2020 election might be bad for your heart

Dr. Jen Ashton details the connection between election stress and cardiovascular disease.
2:14 | 10/23/20

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continue to track all the day's major development. We have new covid-19 cases up by double digits, with icus filling up and hospitalizations in the U.S. At their highest in two months. The numbers we're watching right now from Johns Hopkins university diagnosed cases surpassing 41.7 million and now at least 223,000 American lives lost. Doc, we have so much going on that causes us physical and mental stress right now. Including the election and pandemic. The election in particular, there are medical risks associated with the election. It appears that way. Again, some study findings based on association and observe, not cause and effect. It is important in medicine to keep your eye on multiple things at the same time, not just one. This particular study out by the national academy of sciences looked at the psychosocial stressors that have been associated with causing heart attacks and strokes. They looked at 3 million adults 48 hours after the 2016 election and compared it to the week prior. They found a 67% higher rate of hospitalizations for heart attacks, a 59% higher rate of hospitalizations for strokes compared to the same time period the week before. They do not know the mechanism. They state clearly more research is needed. Awareness and they are tracking this for sure. We are so hyperfocussed on the symptoms of covid-19. This does beg a reminder for people to know what the symptoms are for heart attacks and stroke. Amy, I'm so glad you asked that. Truly life-saving reminders. This is the number one killer of men and women in this country. For heart attacks, the symptoms can differ, but the classic ones chest pain, shortness of breath, fatigue, flu-like symptoms including nausea can be associated with heart attack. And stroke, remember, F.A.S.T., facial asymmetry, arm weakness, slurred speech, the T stands for time to call 911 for both. Time, seconds, minutes matter. Very important and life-saving reminders from you, Dr. Jen.

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