The Stress and Heart Disease Connection

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By Hot Health August 23, 2016 21:30
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The Stress and Heart Disease Connection

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How Stress is Connected to Heart Disease (And How To Deal With Stress)


Stress is one of the most ruthless killers in modern day life. It is all around us; it is a part of our everyday life. When stress is out of control, it can lead to serious health issues, including coronary artery disease, high blood pressure, arthritis, lupus and gastrointestinal disorders. Yes, it leads to heart disease as well. Here, we investigate the connection between stress and heart disease.

Researchers are in two minds about how stress increases the risk of heart disease. They know for a fact that it does indeed increase the risk that you might get a cardiac attack, but what they are not too sure about is whether stress it’s a risk factor by itself; or something that makes other risk factors worse.

Stress is linked to heart disease, and there is no dispute that if you want to prevent heart disease, then you must reduce your level of stress. Most people respond differently to stress, as they react in different ways to different situations.

Some people may react to a situation with anger, fear or nervousness, while others might be completely nonchalant about even the biggest setbacks in life. So what could be stressful to some, may not be so for others.  We all have our own stressors to deal with; certain things that make us feel angry, frustrated, dejected, nervous, anxious or desperate.

However, there are some common stressors that affect most of us. It could be illness to a loved one, death of a friend, loss of a job, a fast approaching deadline, a job interview for an important test. When the stress is particularly severe, the body gives you warning signals. These signals are pretty obvious and when you do get them, you should immediately make an effort to calm down, using techniques such as deep breathing or meditation. 

Some of the warning signals sent out by the body when you are feeling particularly stressful are sweaty palms, tiredness and exhaustion, ringing in the ears, inability to get a proper sleep, rapid weight loss or weight gain.

The body also sends mental warning signals such as inability to focus or concentrate, forgetfulness, constant worrying and inability to laugh at yourself, at a joke or at a funny situation. When we are under stress, we tend to suffer from a short temper, become anxious, feel powerless, resort to negative thinking and feel helpless and confused about everything.

Identifying the stressors in your life and dealing with them effectively is so important because if left unchecked, there is every possibility of the stress leading to heart attack or stroke. This can prove to be fatal, or lead to the paralysis of a part of the body and severe disability.  So it must be tackled head on and not allowed to get worse.

You should identify the stressors in your life and find ways to cope with them effectively. There are different techniques that help you deal with stress. The easiest way to deal with it is to keep yourself hydrated and have healthy, wholesome and nutritious meals.

Watch what you eat and make sure that you have at least 12 glasses of water a day. Change your lifestyle habits, and that means giving up smoking, alcohol and recreational drugs.

Exercise regularly, for at least 30 minutes a day. Exercise is a great way to relieve stress and release pent up anger, anxiety, fears, and etc. It increases the amount of endorphin in the body, which are known to fight stress. Exercise is also good for the heart. Physical activity raises the heart rate and ensures that the cardiovascular system stays healthy.

Finally, to cope with stress, learn to deal with failure. Don’t allow failure to get to you, and don’t take life too seriously all the time. 

Try your best to stay calm and collected at all times. Relax and take a deep breath when you feel under stress. Try to have a balanced diet and follow the right lifestyle habits.

Hot Health
By Hot Health August 23, 2016 21:30
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