Ever think your morning commute could give you a heart attack or stroke? You may be right. Some 54% of Americans who go to work in the morning get stressed out during their commute, according to a recent survey by Harris Interactive. And 43% of people whose stress levels are moderate to high on their way to the office either don’t know what their blood pressure is or have elevated blood pressure. “It’s not at all surprising,” said Dr. Harvey Hecht, director of preventive cardiology at Beth Israel Medical Center. “I would think it would aggravate hypertension. “The leading cause of commuter-related stress is traffic, followed by getting a late start, aggression or anger toward other commuters, and bad weather, the survey found. These and other stressful experiences cause a surge of the hormone catecholamine, causing the blood pressure to rise, Hecht said. He added that a person’s blood pressure is naturally higher in the morning than later in the day. If a person is taking blood-pressure medication in the morning, “the effect has worn off by the next morning,” Hecht said. “They’ve just taken their pill and it may not have had time to be effective yet. “But drivers… Read full this story
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