Uncovered: Heart Stressors
July 31, 2018
Everyone experiences stress. Today, we’re going to uncover what stress does to your heart and ways to deal with it, here at CHI Health. Hi, I’m Dr. Eric Van De Graaff, Cardiologist, at CHI Health.
Since the beginning, stress has been a natural defense mechanism that creates our fight-or-flight mentality and has allowed us to survive. Unfortunately, stress can be detrimental to our health. While social and psychological stress doesn’t cause coronary blockage itself, it can trigger health conditions that can ultimately lead to clogged arteries.
Heart disease is the leading cause of death for women in the United States and stress is contributing factor. Emotional stress leads to poor sleep, lack of exercise, elevated blood pressure and a general physical environment that is unhealthy for your body. Many research studies have linked emotional stress to premature cardiac disease and death.
The good news is there are many ways to mitigate stress. Exercise, is one great way to improve your stress levels! Exercise produces endorphins that help reduce pain and tension, it improves sleep, and just makes you feel good! Other simple ways to reduce stress are: meditating, getting seven to nine hours of sleep, doing a fun activity, and just putting your phone away. Seriously, think about how much your phone stresses you out from checking it constantly. It’s supposed to make life easier, not the opposite!
The bottom line is that reducing stress in your daily life will help you live a longer, happier, and healthier life! Thanks for tuning in. I’m Dr. Eric Van De Graaff, and be sure to check back for more from CHI Health: Heart Stressors Uncovered.