The stress test
How to measure stress Everyone has stress, but hardly anyone knows exactly what it means. An Austrian stress researcher has now developed a method that can be used to measure stress clearly and clearly. You feel drained, overwhelmed and irritated? Three drops of blood are enough to know if stress really is the cause of the condition. MEDICINE popular about the stress test that reveals so many stress lies.
The numbers are alarming: around a quarter of workers in the European Union are suffering from stress. In Austria, it is 22 percent. Doctors warn against the dramatic consequences: A study shows that stress is as great a risk for heart attack as smoking or a disease of lipid metabolism. The health consequences of stress are still underestimated, experts complain.
Whether in the media or in personal conversations: No day goes by, on which one does not meet the term stress somewhere. If you enter “stress” into the internet search engine Google, an incredible 224 million results will be presented! In the meantime, numerous half-truths and untruths have crept into the public discussion on this topic. This usually goes without saying that stress also has its good sides and does not only have harmful effects. In addition, certain symptoms and symptoms are too hastily associated with stress, although other causes may be behind it. All this ultimately leads to the fact that the actual stress-related diseases are not taken seriously enough.
Test clears doubts
By its origin, “stress” is a completely neutral term. It comes from English, means pressure, tension and first gained importance in physics. There, stress refers to the pressure on a material. In 1936, the zoologist Hans Selye borrowed the term from physics in order to name the “reaction of the body to every requirement”. Stress is not, as many believe, the stimulus that flows into us (eg traffic noise), but the reaction of the body to this stimulus (eg nervousness and sleep disturbances).
Our body can respond to stimuli or demands with a variety of symptoms, such as internal restlessness or irritability. But even serious diseases ranging from hypertension to heart attack are associated with stress. However, many of these ailments and illnesses can also have other physical or mental causes, such as thyroid disorders and depression. Whether stress really is in play can be clearly determined with a simple blood test. With the CSA (= Clinical Stress Assessment) mentioned test, one can not only detect the current stress of a person, but also burdens in the recent past and – most importantly – the individually correct method of stress management.
Adrenaline, Blood Gas & Co
How this works is explained by test inventor Univ. Prof. Dr. Sepp Porta of the Institute of Pathophysiology of the Medical University of Graz and Head of the Institute for Applied Stress Research in Bad Radkersburg: “We only need three drops of blood, which we take from the patient’s finger or earlobe to determine a person’s stress status can. In a handy portable device, the blood drops are then analyzed, in a short time there are about 40 different values. “From the small amount of blood, the effects of the stress hormones epinephrine and norepinephrine in the blood can be seen, such as changes in the so-called blood gases or carbohydrate and electrolyte metabolism. They all provide information about whether and how much a person is stressed.
With the device derived from intensive care, however, it is not only possible to measure the extent of stress, but also the proportion of substances which can keep the stress parameters in check. “This also allows us to make a statement as to whether there are enough reserves in the body to neutralize or break down the damaging stress effects,” says Prof. Porta.
The blood levels obtained are so precise that they allow the distinction as to whether the patient is a physical or mental stress, whether the condition has lasted longer or is acute. Porta: “We can look at specific values to see exactly if, for example, someone is in an intense sporting training phase – that would be physical stress – or in an already long-lasting mental stress.”
Source: Medizin Populaer