How Does Stress Affect Health?



One of the most important lessons of 2005 for me, was understanding how does stress affect health. I had incredible stress in my life, but my doctor always told me that I thrived on stress and I handled it better than most.

Big mistake for me was thinking that stress was part of life and I should just get used to it, because it wasn't going to change any time soon. Until October, 2005 when I was rushed to hospital thinking I was having a heart attack!

How Does Stress Affect the Heart?

Here is an example of a healthy artery vs an artery with a build up of plaque to help illustrate how stress can create a blockage, with subsequent tragedies. Stress and Heart Attacks

When we have stress in our lives (and everyone has stress!) we produce a hormone called cortisol.Women when stressed produce twice the amount than men!Cortisol creates plaque in the arteries, and when you have enough buildup of plaque in your arteries you can eventually have be in danger of a stroke or heart attack.

This is one of the most important questions I will try to answer, and my passion to help educate and inform people on disease prevention.

What Does a Full Blown Heart Attack look like?

Heart Attack

If you or anyone you love has any stress in their lives, and you find yourself constantly waking up at 2:00 or 3:00 A.M., night sweats, palpitations, numbness in your left arm then please do not hesitate and go immediately to your doctor to get checked out.

Everyone today is stressed out for one reason or another, and we all deal with it differently. Some take action and can reverse damage to the arteries, while others ignore their own bodies signs and signals. Don't let your family down and be a statistic! Be pro-active!!

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