Stress also affects your heart- know how?

With the things that have been happening in the past, you are not the only one that has been stressed out. It is totally understandable to be feeling more or less stressed out than usual. Stress has been proved detrimental to heart health, increasing blood pressure and heart rate and causing the heart to work harder. Stress is caused by lack of proper sleep, being under lots of pressure at work, worrying too much. Therefore, it is important to find ways to work on mitigating your stress levels.

Effects of stress on the heart

Chronic stress can be considered dangerous, resulting in a negative long-term effect on your heart health. Continuous increase in blood pressure and heart rate even during stress can increase the likelihood of stroke, heart attack, and hypertension. Stress may also affect cholesterol levels and cause inflammation in your circulatory system. Moreover, emotional or physical stress causes stress induced cardiomyopathy, leading to severe reversible cardiac dysfunction.

Test to measure the effect of stress on the heart

In order to test the stress effect on heart, it is advisable to go for a stress echocardiography test, which can determine how well the heart and blood vessels are working. However, it is necessary to consult a cardiologist while you notice symptoms, including chest pain, difficulty in breathing, etc.

Ways to reduce the levels of stress

There can be several useful ways to reduce stress.

  • Exercise- Regular exercise can help lower stress and anxiety by releasing endorphins and improving sleep.
  • Supplements- Supplements, like lemon balm, Omega-3 fatty acids, Ashwagandha, green tea, etc. can reduce stress and anxiety.
  • Say no to smoking – Cut off the quantity of tobacco intake as taking tobacco in high proportion can increase your BP & heart problem.
  • Yoga session- Yoga has become a popular way of stress relief for all age groups as it is a proved way that helps lower stress levels and high blood pressure.
  • Meditation practice- Practicing meditation helps lowering stress and anxiety as it anchors you to the present moment.
  • Keep yourself busy in work of your interest.
  • Consult a physician or a psychiatrist if you feel anxious or stressed out or depressed.

Preventive care is all you need in every health condition. It is crucial to get regular checkups in order to estimate the probability of any heart disease and stratify the risk of cardiovascular events such as a heart attack or stroke.

SSB Heart and Multispeciality Hospital offer a variety of preventive cardiovascular tests. Schedule an appointment today to track your cardiovascular health status.

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