by Debbie Gordon – Collaboration with Scott Guerin PhD

Joe Biden has been declared the winner of the 2020 presidential election, putting an end to an anxious waiting period for millions of people across the United States and the world.

What comes next could be hazardous to people’s health, according to a recently published study.

The study, released in late October 2020, found an increase in hospitalizations for heart attacks and strokes in the two days after the 2016 presidential election, suggesting a possible connection between sociopolitical stress and cardiovascular disease.

“We know that cardiovascular health and outcomes can be influenced by emotional and psychological factors,” said Dr. Jasleen Chhatwal, psychiatrist and chief medical officer of Sierra Tucson, pointing to “broken heart syndrome” that can cause cardiac symptoms as a result of extreme stress or intense emotions. 

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