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Stress INCREASES the Risk of Heart Disease
Today, stress is a normal part of life. Unchecked, stress can lead to emotional, psychological, and physical problems including heart disease, high blood pressure
, chest pains, or irregular heart beats.
Medical researchers aren't sure exactly how stress increases the risk of heart disease. Stress itself might be a risk factor, or it could be that high levels of stress make other risk factors (such as high cholesterol or high blood pressure) worse. For example, if you are under stress, your blood pressure goes up, you may overeat, you may exercise less, and you may be more likely to smoke. If stress itself is a risk factor for heart disease, it could be because chronic stress exposes your body to unhealthy, persistently elevated levels of stress hormones like adrenaline and cortisol. Studies also link stress to changes in the way blood clots, which increases the risk of heart attack.
Physical signs: Dizziness, general aches and pains, grinding teeth, clenched jaws,
headaches, indigestion, muscle tension, difficulty sleeping, racing heart, ringing in
the ears, stooped posture, sweaty palms, tiredness, exhaustion, trembling, weight
gain or loss, upset stomach
Mental signs: Constant worry, difficulty making decisions, forgetfulness, inability to
concentrate, lack of creativity, loss of sense of humor, poor memory
Emotional signs: Anger, anxiety, crying, depression, feeling powerless, frequent
mood swings, irritability, loneliness, negative thinking, nervousness, sadness
Behavioral signs: Bossiness, compulsive eating, critical attitude of others,
explosive actions, frequent job changes, impulsive actions, increased use of alcohol
or drugs, withdrawal from relationships or social situations
Find our how well your body is able to
When you are exposed to long periods of stress, your body gives warning signals that something is wrong. These physical, cognitive, emotional and behavioral warning signs should not be ignored. They tell you that you need to slow down. If you continue to be stressed and you don't give your body a break, you are likely to develop health problems like heart disease. You could also worsen an existing illness.
Below are some common warning signs and symptoms of stress.