Stress is the way we all react to change. It includes our mental, emotional, and physical responses to the pressures of everyday life. Because change is a natural and normal part of life, everyone has some stress.
But stress can be bad for your heart. If you have heart disease, stress can lead to angina symptoms and maybe a heart attack.
Raise your blood pressure. This could make your heart work harder. It could also break open a plaque in your coronary artery, which could lead to a heart attack.
Raise your heart rate. This could make your heart work harder. It could also cause a dangerous irregular heartbeat (arrhythmia).
How can you manage stress?
Taking steps to manage stress can improve your health and life.
Author: Healthwise Staff Medical Review: Rakesh K. Pai MD, FACC - Cardiology, Electrophysiology Martin J. Gabica MD - Family Medicine Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine Robert A. Kloner MD, PhD - Cardiology Brian D. O'Brien MD - Internal Medicine E. Gregory Thompson MD - Internal Medicine
Medical Review:Rakesh K. Pai MD, FACC - Cardiology, Electrophysiology & Martin J. Gabica MD - Family Medicine & Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Robert A. Kloner MD, PhD - Cardiology & Brian D. O'Brien MD - Internal Medicine & E. Gregory Thompson MD - Internal Medicine
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