|If you've had a stroke you have ~35% chance of another stroke. Finally proof: Stress can cause a stroke. |
(Stress= ↑ Blood Clotting = Stroke)
(The Lancet abstract to this research here. Non-nerd take here.)
But the connection between stroke and stress is indirect. Here's the story:
The amygdalae (plural; there are 2 of them. Singular: amygdala) are small marble sized structures responsible for emotions.
In folks who have cardiovascular disease (like stroke) there is more activity in the amygdala.
This increased activity causes more C-reactive protein in the blood. C-reactive protein— you guessed it— clots blood.
Blood clot in the brain = stroke.