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What Can Stress Do to Your Heart Health?

May 9, 2012

In this fast-paced and hectic world, it is common for people to feel stressed. Stress can affect your ability to perform your daily duties and strain your relationships with your family members, friends, and colleagues. Although it begins as a mental or emotional problem, it can lead to the development of physical symptoms and illnesses if it is not detected and managed promptly.

Here is a look at some of the adverse effects of stress on physical health:

  • stress can increase cardiovascular diseaseAccording to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 90% of all illnesses are stress-related.
  • Medical research has revealed that chronic stress can weaken your immune system and increase your risk of getting infections. Activities for reducing stress, such as relaxation, exercise, and meditation, have been proven to be effective in reversing this effect of stress, giving your body better protection against diseases. Stress-reduction strategies are beneficial to your health because they increase the production of feel-good endorphins and infection-fighting T-cells in your body.
  • It has also been found that stress is a contributing factor to high blood pressure and cardiovascular disease. As a result of this finding, stress-management has been incorporated in many heart disease prevention and treatment programs.
  • Stress is one of the factors that cause common health problems such as headache, backache, diarrhea, sleeping difficulty, and lack of sex drive. It is also known to stimulate appetite and cause weight gain, and it can lead to hair loss as well.
  • Skin doctors have discovered a link between stress and many skin problems, including eczema and hives.