Anxiety can lead to many health conditions but it can have a high impact on one’s heart health. When chronic anxiety overcomes one’s life, anxiety can cause the body to produce hormones such as adrenaline and cortisol, which can increase heart rate and blood pressure. Prolonged exposure to these hormones can damage the heart, leading to heart disease.
How anxiety affects your heart:
- Increased heart rate: When we are stressed, our heart rate increases as our body prepares to fight or flee. This can lead to arrhythmia, or an irregular heartbeat.
- Increased blood pressure: Stress and anxiety can cause our blood pressure to rise, which can increase the risk of heart attack and stroke.
- Decreased blood flow: Stress and anxiety can cause our blood vessels to constrict, which can reduce blood flow to the heart and other organs. This can lead to a heart attack.
- Weakened heart muscle: Prolonged exposure to stress hormones can weaken the heart muscle, making it less efficient and more prone to heart attack and stroke.
By understanding the link between anxiety and heart health and taking steps to reduce the risk, you can keep your heart healthy and reduce the risk of anxiety-related heart disease.
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