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5 Ways Stress Can Affect Your Heart Health

We know that stress isn't good for our bodies, but it can have a serious impact on your heart. Heart disease is the number one killer of Americans for a reason.

High Blood Pressure: Chronic stress can lead to chronically elevated blood pressure. The constant constriction of blood vessels and increased heart rate can lead to long term damage. Studies have shown that those who have excessive stress from work or home are 23% more likely to have a heart attack versus those who do not. High blood sugar is another common effect of chronic stress which can pose health problems for those with diabetes.

Weight Gain: Stress can cause weight gain two ways. The more stress on your body, the more it thinks you are in danger, causing you to store fat. Stress can also trigger bad habits such as stress eating or choosing unhealthy meals due to lack of time, focus, or effort. A diet full of processed and high-fat foods can also increase your cholesterol levels, causing increased risk of heart disease.

Broken Heart Syndrome: There are some cases where a high-stress event can induce an event which mimics a heart attack. Also known as stress-induced cardiomyopathy, Broken Heart Syndrome can be induced by either a physical or emotional situation, such as the death of a family member or heart surgery.

Angina: Angina is a type of chest pain which results from increased demand on your heart. High anxiety or stress levels can cause this bodily reaction, which while not lethal, puts unnecessary stress on your heart and can lead to long-term damage. There are also studies that show that constant stress can cause damage to artery walls.

Unhealthy Habits: Sometimes stress is hard to handle. Some people may turn to alcohol or drugs to ease the pain, which can have severe repercussions on your health. Cardiomyopathy is linked to alcoholism and can cause overall health problems to the liver and kidneys.

Stress can cause severe damage to your overall health, but to your heart especially. Don’t let stress ruin your chances of a long and healthy life. Take the time to exercise, eat right, and use Relaxiva® by Difass USA. Our natural supplement uses adaptogens to help your body fight off the negative symptoms of stress and feel balanced both emotionally and physically.

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