Chronic stress can lead to high blood pressure and cholesterol, two major risk factors for heart disease, heart attack, and stroke. Stressors like a heavy workload at the office or the death of a loved one affects your heart. While stressed, people may engage in other activities like smoking and over eating that lead to risk factors for heart disease.
Few stressors are as powerful as the loss of a cherished family member or relative. Every doctor has several stories to tell about the effects on a patient. My most dramatic two stories involve the loss of a husband leading to a visit to my office. In the first, a previously very healthy 60 year-old woman awoke to find her husband dead in bed…