NBC News- As coronavirus continues to spread across the United States, Americans are feeling a lot of anxiety.
But mental stress, from the illness or anything else, could be especially risky for heart attack patients.
A new study from Emory University followed more than 300 young and middle aged adults with a history of heart attack.
They all underwent both mental and physical stress tests to assess blood flow to the heart.
Researchers found mental stress was a stronger predictor of a repeat heart attack or dying from heart disease than stress brought on by exercise.
Taking steps to keep blood pressure down
New research suggests getting in those daily steps may help keep your blood pressure down.
Scientists studied data from over 600 adults who wore an apple watch every day for five months.
People who had a higher daily step count had significantly lower blood pressure than those who were more sedentary.
Nearly half of Americans are estimated to have high blood pressure and many don't know it.