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Stress + Cardiovascular Disorders 

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Cardiovascular disorders + anger (ACUTE)

What + Who: Anger + Stress, Williams (2000)

Procudure: 13,000 complete a 10 question anger scales, questions like 'were they hot headed'. None of the participants had heart disease. 
Six years later, health of participants was checked, 256 heart attacks.

Resuts: People with high anger scale were 2x more likely to have heart attack. 35% who scored moderate more likely to experience heart problems

Conclusion:Anger may lead to cardiovascular problems. 

Evaluation: ethical issues, only correlational, just a link no cause.

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Cardiovascular disorders + work related stress (CH

What + Who: Russek

Procedure: looked at heart disease in medical professions
One group doctors, gps (high stress)
Another group pathologists (low stress)

Results: 11.9% heart disease for GPs (high stress)
3.2%: dermatoglisits (low stress) 

Conclusion: High stress is linked to heart disease

Evaluation: ethical issues, only correlational, just a link no cause.

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Effects of stress on existing conditions

What + Who: Sheps et al

Procedure: looked at people with low blood flow, gave 173 men and women tests to produce stress, e.g. public speaking. To see whether stress impacted upon current conditions

Results: 44% who showed erratic heartbeats during tests, died within 3-4 years. 

Conclusion: Stress can dramatically increase the risk of problems occurring within already existing conditions 

Evaluation: ethical issues, only correlational, just a link no cause.

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