If you’re like most people, you don’t thrive under stress. Whether it’s stress from daily life or stress brought on by an emergency situation, it can take a toll on your body and put you at risk for a serious condition like heart disease.
Can stress affect other risk factors?
Heart disease is the number one cause of death in the United States. But what does stress do to the body that could put you at risk for heart disease? Researchers believe that people who are under stress are more likely to overeat, drink too much alcohol, be less active and start smoking or smoke more than they otherwise would — all of which are risk factors for heart disease.
Tips to relieve stress.
If you find that stress is a constant in your life, try these steps to reduce the amount of stress in your life. Here are a few ways:
- When you start to feel stressed, stop and take a walk.
- Exercising for 30 minutes a day is a great way to cope with stress.
- Meditating for 20 minutes a day can reduce blood pressure.
Learning how to relax is important to reducing stress. Calming your body and mind can be accomplished with deep breathing, yoga or listening to music. These techniques give you perspective and give your body and mind a break from stress.
If you need more help in coping with stress, talk to your health care provider. He or she can offer diet and exercise tips, prescribe medications to help combat stress and monitor other risk factors you may have for heart disease.
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