POSTED: Friday, December 17, 2010 - 9:59am
UPDATED: Friday, December 17, 2010 - 11:03am
With the economy still staggering, this Christmas season can be a pretty stressful time for many families, Joangel Concepcion explains why it's important to stay stress free.
It's the most stressful time of the year, but it can also be one of the most stressful times, with the economy at an all time low and unemployment rates down, it's easy for anyone to stress out about the holidays. Researchers say that high levels of stress can trigger other risk factors such as high blood pressure or high cholesterol. Studies show that it also causes people to smoke, risk factors that may carry a deadly consequence such as a heart attack.
Even though there is no scientific evidence that stress is a leading cause of heart attacks, medical professionals can't deny that it may be a contributor. Diane Myers suffered from a heart attack over four weeks ago and she blames high blood pressure and stress. Diane was lucky, the team at McAllen Heart Hospital, saved her life through a procedure called balloon angioplasty. A method used by doctors to restore blood flow to the heart. The entire process from when paramedics arrive to the moment blood flow is restored, usually takes up to 90 minutes. Diane's total time took only 20 minutes breaking local and national records.
Although Diane is grateful to have survived such a massive heart attack and she hopes people will learn from her story and take their health seriously.