STRESS-CASE SCENARIO

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Your high-pressure job may get your blood boiling, but the stress won't cause hypertension, says a new review of research. Published in the May 2006 issue of Current Hypertension Reviews, the report examined 48 studies dating back 24 years and found that the evidence linking high blood pressure and workplace stress was weak and inconsistent. "Stress raises blood pressure, but only temporarily," says author Samuel J. Mann, M.D., a hypertension specialist and professor at Weill Medical College of Cornell University. "It's just convenient to blame your job." Still, Mann warns, excess stress can lead to bad eating habits, lack of exercise, and alcohol abuse — all well-documented factors for hypertension.

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By K. B.

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