June 17, 2016

If you think that stress isn’t a big deal, it’s very important to consider what more and more medical experts have found: That stress itself can be deadly.

Now, a small amount of daily stress is to be expected. However, when exposed to too much stress, for too long, it can cause serious problems and even take lives.

For one thing, stress can cause the human body to deteriorate. Studies have even shown that illnesses like cancer are more likely in those who are stressed. Their bodies are falling apart, their immune systems aren’t working as well, and they’re more likely to get sick. This is true for things like the common cold, as well.

A very high level of stress could lead to post-traumatic stress disorder, commonly known as PTSD. This has been tied to all sorts of issues, such as depression and even suicide.

More the most part, though, the stress is quite literally on the heart. Your blood pressure can go up and your heart rate can increase. The body produces more adrenaline, or epinephrine. In some cases, this means that stress can be directly linked to lethal events, like heart attacks and strokes. It can also cause heart disease, which could in turn lead to these deadly conditions.

Have you lost a loved one who was being unfairly and deliberately exposed to a very stressful situation? Do you think the person who was causing the stress is really to blame for the incident that caused your loved one to pass away? For example, if your loved one was involved in a car accident and passed away from a heart attack, it could be because of the fear and stress of the crash — even if he or she was not physically injured.

If so, you need to know what rights you may have to start a wrongful death lawsuit in Pennsylvania.

Source: Live Science, “Why Stress Is Deadly,” accessed June 17, 2016