Life can be full of aggravations, deadlines, and demands. Stress is a normal part of life, however, over time, too much stress can take a toll on your health. Stress comes in many forms. It can affect you physically, mentally, and emotionally. Though everyone experiences stress differently, researchers are finding more and more connections between stress and illness.
 
Our hearts especially pay the price for stress. Chronic stress has been known to raise blood pressure, speed up heart rate, cause weight gain, and increase cholesterol levels- all of which put you at risk for heart disease. You can protect yourself by recognizing the signs and symptoms of stress and by taking steps to reduce its harmful effects.
 
Signs and Symptoms of Stress

  • Physical symptoms include: insomnia, muscle aches, headaches, appetite change, restlessness, fatigue, and tension
  • Mental symptoms include: Low productivity, lethargy, negativity, confusion, forgetfulness, and poor concentration
  • Emotional symptoms include: anxiety, anger, impatience, worrying, depression, mood swings, and irritability

Stress isn't going anywhere, so it's important to find ways to manage your stress in order to keep you and your heart healthy. Don't forget to visit your doctor regularly and speak with them about any concerns your may have about your heart-health.

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