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By now, it's widely known that stress negatively impacts almost every area of our lives. So it's of no surprise that it's effects on our hearts are equally far reaching.1 While stress plays an important role of heightening our senses to escape from immediate threat and danger, in our modern world, it's most often displaced.

If you find yourself often feeling stressed, you’re anything but alone. Globally, the number of us feeling the effects of stress has been consistently rising for the last decade.2 With this being the case, and because lower stress levels lead to a healthier heart, Cardiogram likes to connect those dots. Here, we'll explore ways stress can affect heart health, and discuss several key methods for managing it.

When you are stressed, your heart is stressed. Alternatively, your ability to relax affects your heart health positively. How much stress impacts your heart health depends on the degree to which you individually experience it. And what measures you take to manage it. Some of the ways stress can affect heart heath include:

  • the development of irregular heart rate and rhythm
  • increased blood pressure
  • reduced blood flow to the heart
  • increased cholesterol levels
  • greater overall risk of cardiovascular disease

...to name a few. Unfortunately, because stress is so commonplace in our world, we often dismiss it as less serious than it actually is. And in some cases, stress levels are even used as a bragging right, as if a way to measure just how hard we work. What's important to keep in mind is that it's also a direct indication of just how hard your heart is working.

Resources

1 https://www.heart.org/en/healthy-living/healthy-lifestyle/stress-management/stress-and-heart-health
2 https://www.gallup.com/analytics/349280/gallup-global-emotions-report.aspx
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2921311/