Risk Factors for Heart Disease

Stress

Stress contributes to heart disease in many ways. It can cause the release of hormones and other agents that increase heart rate and blood pressure. Stress can increase blood clot formation. Blood clots can cause heart attacks by blocking blood flow to the heart. In some cases, stress can trigger irregular heart beat rhythms and reduce blood flow to the heart. Pre-diabetes conditions can be triggered by stress as well. Stress can be generated at home or at work. Stress can be reduced in many ways, including changing lifestyle, increasing exercise, and with therapy for dealing with stress.

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