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 anginasymptoms 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.
ByHealthwise Staff Primary Medical ReviewerRakesh K. Pai, MD - Cardiology, Electrophysiology Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine Specialist Medical ReviewerE. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
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