Stress therapy program, personal emergency response system can protect against heart attacks

Bryan Aldrige

January 26, 2011

Heart attacks are a major health concern among older adults, and while there is no known cure for these events, a new study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine has found that a stress therapy program can reduce the chance of a repeat incident by 45 percent, according to

This new discovery confirms some research that indicates that 30 percent of heart attacks are caused by psychological factors such as stress at work or home, as well as negative emotions like anger.

The authors of the study write that the new stress management program "has five key components with specific goals – education, self-monitoring, skills training, cognitive restructuring and spiritual development," according to the news source.

While the technique reduced the risk of a repeat heart attack, one may also want to consider installing a personal emergency response system in a home. This device can be used to immediately send a medical alert to doctors if one is in need of assistance.

Researchers concluded that the best way to approach stress problems is to engage in long-term management lasting anywhere from six months to a year, the news source reports.

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