Being the President of the United States is a difficult and often-times stressful job. Recent research even suggests that presidents age two years for every average person’s one year. Sometimes that stress and aging can be seen outwardly, but what effect is this having on their health and heart?
Barry Franklin, Ph.D., Director, Preventive Cardiology & Cardiac Rehabilitation, discusses how high-stress jobs can lead to increased risk of cardiovascular diseases:
Several studies now suggest that high-stress jobs can lead to an increased risk of chronic diseases, including cardiovascular diseases. This is likely attributed to the fact that elevated stress can trigger increases in heart rate, blood pressure, cortisol, epinephrine levels, blood clotting and vascular dysfunction.