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.
I spend a great deal of "electronic ink" harping on the subject of "Informed, Self-directed Healthcare (ISH). In a nutshell, ISH is about spending a little time studying your personal health concerns (using resources like HealthCentral.com) and working with your doctor as a team to solve them. Remember, your doctor has to study,…