Is stress bad for your heart?

Can stress really damage the heart? 
It certainly can, and by many different mechanisms. Stress that isn’t handled well, especially if accompanied by bouts of anger, can increase the outpouring of the stress hormones, such as cortisol, adrenaline, and noradrenaline, all from the adrenal gland the small powerhouse gland that sits on top of our kidneys. Stress hormones can do the following:

• increase pulse rate and blood pressure
• push up triglyceride levels
• increase the clotting tendency of our blood
• increase the chances of rupturing one of the plaques, which can be a cause of an acute heart attack •cause an arrhythmia (an abnormal rapid heartbeat), which can also trigger a heart attack.


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