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have researchers found that you can die young from too much stress?

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Dr. Robert Dorsey
Wound care 36 years experience
Yes: To much stress can affect the various body systems and can lead to death.

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A 34-year-old member asked:

Is it possible to die from stress?

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Dr. Gregg Albers
Addiction Medicine 41 years experience
Possible: People can die from overwhelming stress, that could lead to large amounts of Adrenalin released, elevated blood pressure, and cardiac arrhythmia and death. Stress can cause physical damage, via stress hormones, obesity, arthritis, elevated blood pressure and cholesterol, lead to vascular and heart damage and premature death. Best to modify all your stressors.
A 47-year-old member asked:

Can stress cause death?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Very rare: By itself, stress (actually dis-tress, when a person cannot or will not solve a pressing problem) contributes to disease, but causes death by itself only in extreme situations (i.e., torture). There is a "pop" notion that in, say, a fatal fall from a high place that the heart stops before impact and the decedent feels nothing; it's not true but comforts survivors.
Dr. Robert Stewart
Clinical Psychology 44 years experience
I agree. Chronic stress forces the body out of homeostasis and eventually can cause exhaustion, illness and dysfunction that could could lead to death. People are capable of enduring tremendous stress for relatively short periods (combat, disasters), but stress management is one component of good health.
Aug 28, 2012

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