So it is possible that stress related to his trial and conviction brought on Ken Lay’s heart attack?
Absolutely. The release of stress hormones (like adrenalin) into the bloodstream increases the likelihood of both heart attack and sudden cardiac arrest. Studies of heart attack patients found that 15 percent to 30 percent of those admitted to a medical center had suffered from severe emotional stress.
This Fox News story, however, suggests that Lay’s condition doesn’t fit the usual pattern of stress induced heart attacks.
Did Stress Kill Ken Lay? [Slate]
Ken Lay's Heart Attack: A Case of Death By Stress? [FoxNews.Com]