Forum for Science, Industry and Business

Sponsored by:     3M 
Search our Site:

 

Increased risk of cardiovascular disease for relatives of cancer patients

03.04.2012
A current study shows that the risk for coronary heart disease and stroke increases by almost thirty per cent in a person whose partner has cancer. The cause is probably the negative stress to which the cancer patient’s relative is exposed.
We know that the relatives of chronically ill patients, especially cancer patients, have an increased risk of mental illness and depression. Previous studies have reported that mental stress and depression affect the nervous system, blood pressure and inflammation, which in turn can increase the risk of developing coronary heart disease and stroke.

Against this background, researcher Jianguang Ji and colleagues at the Centre for Primary Healthcare Research in Malmö investigated the specific risk for coronary heart disease and stroke when an individual’s spouse is suffering from cancer.

The study showed that the risk for coronary heart disease and stroke increased by between 13 and 29 per cent in people whose partner had cancer. The results are based on the national Swedish cancer registry and the Swedish inpatient registry.

A possible explanation for the increased risk could be that spouses share lifestyle and risk factors such as tobacco and alcohol consumption and diet and exercise habits, but that explanation falls when one takes into account that the risk of cardiovascular disease was only marginally increased (3-5%) in the time before the person’s life partner became ill with cancer.

The researchers think instead that most of the increased risk is probably explained by the negative stress to which the spouse of the cancer-stricken patient is exposed.

“Our study shows that preventive efforts aimed at reducing psychological stress and negative risk factors are important for people whose life partner has got cancer”, says Jianguang Ji:

“Previous studies have shown that preventive work can considerably reduce stress and anxiety in close relatives of patients”.

Article: Increased risks of coronary heart disease and stroke among spousal caregivers of cancer patients, Ji J, Zöller B, Sundquist K, Sundquist J.
Publication: The study is published in the scientific journal Circulation. 2012 March 13

Jianguang Ji, MD, PhD, +46-40 391382, jianguang.ji@med.lu.se
Bengt Zöller, MD, PhD, +46-40 391954, mobile +46-70-6691476 bengt.zoller@med.lu.se

The Centre for Primary Health Care Research in Malmö is a collaboration between Lund University and Region Skåne.

Helga Ekdahl Heun | idw
Further information:
http://www.vr.se
http://circ.ahajournals.org/content/early/2012/03/09/CIRCULATIONAHA.111.057018.long

More articles from Studies and Analyses:

nachricht Smart Data Transformation – Surfing the Big Wave
02.12.2016 | Fraunhofer-Institut für Angewandte Informationstechnik FIT

nachricht Climate change could outpace EPA Lake Champlain protections
18.11.2016 | University of Vermont

All articles from Studies and Analyses >>>

The most recent press releases about innovation >>>

Die letzten 5 Focus-News des innovations-reports im Überblick:

Im Focus: Significantly more productivity in USP lasers

In recent years, lasers with ultrashort pulses (USP) down to the femtosecond range have become established on an industrial scale. They could advance some applications with the much-lauded “cold ablation” – if that meant they would then achieve more throughput. A new generation of process engineering that will address this issue in particular will be discussed at the “4th UKP Workshop – Ultrafast Laser Technology” in April 2017.

Even back in the 1990s, scientists were comparing materials processing with nanosecond, picosecond and femtosesecond pulses. The result was surprising:...

Im Focus: Shape matters when light meets atom

Mapping the interaction of a single atom with a single photon may inform design of quantum devices

Have you ever wondered how you see the world? Vision is about photons of light, which are packets of energy, interacting with the atoms or molecules in what...

Im Focus: Novel silicon etching technique crafts 3-D gradient refractive index micro-optics

A multi-institutional research collaboration has created a novel approach for fabricating three-dimensional micro-optics through the shape-defined formation of porous silicon (PSi), with broad impacts in integrated optoelectronics, imaging, and photovoltaics.

Working with colleagues at Stanford and The Dow Chemical Company, researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign fabricated 3-D birefringent...

Im Focus: Quantum Particles Form Droplets

In experiments with magnetic atoms conducted at extremely low temperatures, scientists have demonstrated a unique phase of matter: The atoms form a new type of quantum liquid or quantum droplet state. These so called quantum droplets may preserve their form in absence of external confinement because of quantum effects. The joint team of experimental physicists from Innsbruck and theoretical physicists from Hannover report on their findings in the journal Physical Review X.

“Our Quantum droplets are in the gas phase but they still drop like a rock,” explains experimental physicist Francesca Ferlaino when talking about the...

Im Focus: MADMAX: Max Planck Institute for Physics takes up axion research

The Max Planck Institute for Physics (MPP) is opening up a new research field. A workshop from November 21 - 22, 2016 will mark the start of activities for an innovative axion experiment. Axions are still only purely hypothetical particles. Their detection could solve two fundamental problems in particle physics: What dark matter consists of and why it has not yet been possible to directly observe a CP violation for the strong interaction.

The “MADMAX” project is the MPP’s commitment to axion research. Axions are so far only a theoretical prediction and are difficult to detect: on the one hand,...

All Focus news of the innovation-report >>>

Anzeige

Anzeige

Event News

ICTM Conference 2017: Production technology for turbomachine manufacturing of the future

16.11.2016 | Event News

Innovation Day Laser Technology – Laser Additive Manufacturing

01.11.2016 | Event News

#IC2S2: When Social Science meets Computer Science - GESIS will host the IC2S2 conference 2017

14.10.2016 | Event News

 
Latest News

Simple processing technique could cut cost of organic PV and wearable electronics

06.12.2016 | Materials Sciences

3-D printed kidney phantoms aid nuclear medicine dosing calibration

06.12.2016 | Medical Engineering

Robot on demand: Mobile machining of aircraft components with high precision

06.12.2016 | Power and Electrical Engineering

VideoLinks
B2B-VideoLinks
More VideoLinks >>>