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How is stress and heart attack connected?
28 Feb 2022
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Stress generates a variety of mild physical discomforts such as perspiration and stomach distress. However, it might also increase your chances of developing major cardiac problems. Moreover, according to a new study, feeling stressed all the time may increase your risk of heart problems like heart attack and stroke.

But everyone experiences and responds to stress differently. The amount of stress you encounter and how you react to it can cause a wide range of health problems, which is why it’s vital to understand what you can do regarding it.

However, stress may play a role in developing unhealthy habits that increase the risk of heart disease and stroke, such as:

  • Overeating
  • Smoking
  • Lack of exercise 
  • Unhealthy diet
  • Being overweight
  • Not taking medications as prescribed

What is stress?

A state of emotional or bodily tension is stress. It can be due to any event or thought that causes you to feel dissatisfied, upset, or nervous.  Stress your body’s reaction to a challenge or demand something. 

Stress can be beneficial in short bursts, such as when it helps you avoid danger or achieve a deadline but it’s not the case when tension or stress gets out of hand. It turns your life upside down.

Can stress directly cause a heart attack?

While stress does not directly cause a heart attack, it can have a significant impact on your heart health and potentially provoke heart attack-like episodes. Stress can also gradually promote the causes of heart attacks which can be life threatening.

Can chest pain be caused by stress?

When you’re worried, your brain releases adrenaline and cortisol into your system. These hormones cause your heart rate and blood pressure to rapidly increase. As a result, many people may experience chest pain, perspiration, and difficulty breathing.

Does stress management reduce or prevent heart diseases?

Stress management is beneficial to your health and well-being. A higher risk of heart disease and stroke can lead to poor psychological health / mental health like:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Anger
  • Chronic stress
  • Pessimism
  • Feeling of dissatisfaction

These conditions are linked to potentially harmful bodily responses such as:

  • Irregular heart rate and rhythm
  • Increased digestive problems
  • Increased blood pressure
  • Inflammation
  • Reduced blood flow to the heart

However, good mental health is linked to a lower risk of heart disease and death.

How to manage stress?

  1. Meditation 

Yoga and meditation are excellent ways to divert your attention away from the stresses of daily life. There are various meditations available; select one that suits you and try to stick to it for a healthier life.

  1. Exercise

Physical activity is a crucial factor in how you deal with stress. Also, when you have a healthy body, you may have a healthy mind, and vice versa. Moreover, physical activity has been shown to be an excellent stress reliever and to improve your well being.

  1. Healthy diet

Stress can deplete some vitamins, such as A, B complex, C, and E, thus nutrition is critical. Moreover, maintaining an adequate diet not only benefits your body but also your mind, allowing you to better handle stress.

  1. Practice deep breathing

Deep breathing is an excellent strategy to lessen sympathetic nervous system activation, which governs the body’s response to a perceived threat. Deep breaths taken in for five seconds, held for two seconds, then released for five seconds will activate your parasympathetic nervous system, which can help to lower overall tension and anxiety.

  1. Socialise 

Humans are social creatures. So to feel supported, you must make connections with others. Finding a feeling of community at work, through a religious group, or through shared activities like organised sports is essential for your well-being.

Also, participating in a common activity allows you to discover support and cultivate relationships that can be helpful through difficult times.

So if you are having difficulties due to stress and unable to keep up with your typical routine, it is recommended that you seek assistance from a mental health expert.

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