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Say no to stress for a better heart health

Say no to stress for a better heart health

Every person responds to certain events very differently. What is stressful to one person may not be a matter of stress to another. It is surprising to see that even happy events (like a job promotion, Marriage) could cause an individual’s body to go under stress just like in unhappy events.

Everyone reacts to and experiences stress differently and in some chronic cases, it may result in a plethora of heart problems.

Speaking from your heart’s interest, your mental health is as important as your physical health. Your mental health when not kept under a positive check could prove to be detrimental to your heart, it is a major risk factor for heart disease and stroke.

We have seen that stress also influences lifestyle choices. It promotes poor-health behaviors such as smoking, overeating, a sedentary lifestyle, an unhealthy diet, and no willingness to take medications.

Trigger Warnings

  • Headaches
  • Backpains
  • Feeling weak
  • Sleeplessness
  • Feeling cranky, irritable, and forgetful

A stressful situation causes your body to release adrenaline. The hormone, adrenaline in excess causes the heart rate and breathing to speed up, which can result in high blood pressure. This activates the body’s “flight or fight” mechanism. Chronic stress can result in high blood pressure leading to heart attack and stroke.

Negative mental health conditions such as depression, anxiety, and anger cause harmful responses in our body, such as increased heart rate, and increased blood pressure, which ultimately reduce blood flow to the heart causing organ damage. Therefore, Stress management plays a significant role in managing blood pressure and keeping the heart healthy.

Some tips to follow to keep stress under check:

  • Exercise regularly
  • Socialize
  • Get enough sleep
  • Maintain a positive attitude
  • Use relaxation techniques
  • Find a hobby that makes you happy

Also, figuring out the impact of stress on your body could be a key to dealing with it. Identify the sources of stress in your life and find ways to either reduce or manage them.

About the author:

Dr. Amit Pendharkar is the best Cardiologist in Delhi, He gives his best cardiology advice in Dwarka. He is available at Max hospital, Dwarka, Sector 3. DR. Amit Pendharkar is an experienced cardiologist practicing in Delhi.