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Killer Commuting Connected to Heart Attacks

You may remember a blog I posted a couple of weeks ago about a study that explained why why people who are not typically violent can become that way, for example, behind the steering wheel of a car. That was on my mind when I reviewed a new study by German researchers who discovered a link between heart attacks and caught in traffic jams.

People caught in traffic are three times more likely to suffer a heart attack within the hour than those who aren't tied up on the road. In the study of hundreds of heart attacks in southern Germany, nearly one in 12 attacks was linked to traffic. And traffic jams were more likely to take a toll on women and on people 60 and older.

Here's the caveat: Researchers don't know if the extra heart attacks were due to stress or exposure to vehicle pollution.

The study was based on interviews with 691 patients who survived a heart attack from 1999-2001 and were asked to outline their activities during the four days before their attacks.

Traffic posed a risk of heart attacks regardless of the mode of transportation:

  • 2.6 times more common for people stuck in cars
  • 3.1 times higher for people stalled in traffic while taking public transportation
  • 3.9 times greater for those jammed up while riding a bicycle

A traffic jam might be an ideal place to use EFT to get rid of your frustrations over being stuck in a situation way beyond your control. Review my free EFT manual and start learning a far healthier way to manage your emotions.

Yahoo News October 20, 2004

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