Stress? A risk factor for health?

Stress is bad for the heart. It directly and negatively affects heart health in the way that it raises the levels of cortisol and adrenaline. These two hormones raise blood pressure which is a risk factor for heart disease in it and of itself, especially if left untreated for a long time.

Stress can also have an indirect impact on heart health by means of the coping mechanisms you use to reduce your own stress levels. Many people deal with daily stress by smoking, drinking excessively, and eating unhealthy food or overeating. All that can lead to atherosclerosis and the development of heart disease. As stress is very common and even unavoidable, it is important to try and reduce it in healthy ways.

Book an appointment for a call to discuss personalised ways to reduce your stress levels and other heart disease risk factors.