Stress is part of life. There’s no way you can avoid it entirely. However, if you constantly live with high stress levels, it can lead to physical problems, including high blood pressure , angina (i.e. chest pains), arrhythmia (i.e. irregular heart rate) and heart disease .
How Does Stress Increase Heart Disease Risk?
Stress can increase heart disease risk in different ways. First, it affects you emotionally. This could lead you to make unhealthy food and lifestyle choices, such as overeating, not exercising, and smoking. Stress also causes elevated levels of the hormones adrenaline and cortisol , which can have a negative long term impact. Research is also fiinding that stress affects the way that blood clots .
What Can You Do to Reduce Stress?
Dr. Donald Brown has provided three suggestions for naturally reducing stress levels , which I’ve listed below. He is one ...
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