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Anxiety and stress can lead to heart problems

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WATERLOO (KWWL) -- A new study finds people living in a constant state of anxiety and stress are at an increased risk for poor heart health.

Dutch researchers say these type D personalities are three times as likely to suffer a heart attack or heart failure, as well as psychological problems like depression.

In fact, a type D personality was a better predictor of heart problems than normal medical risk factors like smoking and high cholesterol.

Researchers say anxious personalities seem to respond differently to stress, possibly causing higher levels of inflammation.

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