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Psychology doesn't cause inflammation

28th July 2008

Psychological factors increase the risk of coronary heart disease but they don’t affect inflammation - also a factor associated with the development of coronary heart disease, researchers have written in the journal Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology.

Dr Hermann Nabi, of University College London, and his colleagues found that higher levels of negative mood and psychological distress were associated with a higher incidence of coronary heart disease. But they found no link between higher levels of negative mood and psychological distress and greater concentrations of inflammatory markers.

Markers of inflammation have recently been suggested as a means by which psychological factors influence the outcome of coronary heart disease.

The team used data from the Whitehall II Study to find whether psychological factors influence the inflammation processes to an extent that increases the risk of coronary heart disease. The study comprised 6,396 civil servants aged 35-55 years who didn’t have coronary heart disease when the follow-up period began.


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