Symptoms Of Stress On Heart

 

Stress, no doubt, has a negative effect on our overall health but the most common organ to be affected by stress is our heart. Both emotional as well as physical stress has a deleterious effect on the health of heart.

 

Types of Stress

 

Stress can be acute or chronic. Acute stress is of sudden onset and is only for a short period of time but chronic stress develops gradually that can be due to emotional disturbance or long term familial problems.

 

Stress increases the catecholamine levels in the body that adversely affects our vascular system. As a result of stress there is increase in the oxygen demand and if body fails to meet those increased demand of oxygen then it might prove fatal.

 

Common Causes of Stress

 

1. Stress related to work or office stress

 

2. Stress due to financial problems

 

3. Illness stress

 

 

4. Death of near and dear ones

 

5. Unemployment or termination of job

 

6. Relocating in an area where you don’t know anyone

 

7. Stress due to school or college (performance stress)

 

Symptoms of Stress

Stress can lead to dizziness, pain in chest, loss of interest in daily activities, staying along in a closed room, grinding teeth, headache, irritation, sudden weight gain or weight loss, forgetting things, getting confused and not able to take decisions, memory loss, depression, getting angry over small small things, pessimistic approach and increased consumption of alcohol and other drugs.

 

Effect of Stress on Heart

 

As said above, heart is the prime organ affected by stress. Here are some of the effects seen on heart due to stress:

 

1. Heart Arrhythmias i.e. irregular heart rate

 

2. Hypertension

 

3. Increased heart rate

 

 

4. Dyspnoea i.e. difficulty in breathing

 

5. Pain in chest

 

Mechanism by Which Stress Affects Our Heart

 

 Stress increases the levels of adrenaline and cortisol that increases the blood pressure. For short run, it is advantageous but in a long run it damages the heart and increases the chances of heart attack and stroke.

 

How to Manage Stress

 

Here are some of the easy tips to manage stress:

 

1. Don’t let situations take a toll on you. Handle each situation by being calm and composed.

 

2. Take diet rich in fresh fruits and veggies.

 

3. Avoid smoking and consume alcohol in moderation.

 

4. Do meditation daily.

 

5. Discuss your problems with near and dear ones.

 

6. If you feel that no one can help you talk to a counselor.

 

Remember life is precious and we get it only ones. Nothing is permanent and this rule applies to stress also. Live every moment happily and always give your best.



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