We all know the stress of work, running errands, and other commitments can make us irritable and run down.
New research is trying to determine if it is also leaving a mark on our hearts.
A study involving 200 people in Texas are undergoing cat scans and being measured for calcium build ups in their hearts.
The participants will be followed for three years.
In that time, the people running the study will record stress factors in the participants' lifestyles.
Dr. Roberto Cardarelli stated, “One thing that it alerts me to do is really kind of assess and look and screen for stress. Just general stress.”
The results could potentially change how doctors examine patients.
Doctors also hope it answers a question that, until now, no one has known for sure: Do we literally take stress too much to heart?