We live in a world of instant gratification; breakups on Facebook and an active Twitter life. All these have made many of us very emotionally friable and susceptible to lot of stress. These stressful situations have become routine part of our life. Apart from taking a toll on the emotional well-being, stress has been found to be a significant reason for lots of physical and mental disorders. Amongst many other disorders, it has been majorly implicated an underlying cause of heart related ailments.
Medical researchers, however, do not have rational basis to show how stress is related to increasing the risk of heart disease. Stress may act as a direct risk factor, or may contribute indirectly by leading to high cholesterol or high blood pressure. Either way it is never considered enough.
Stress acts as an individual risk factor on a prolonged basis, when the body has constantly been under stress for long. This may lead to increase in stress hormones like adrenaline and cortisol which predispose the body to increased risk for many cardiac problems. There may be minor alteration in which the blood clots.
One important consideration while contemplating stress as a risk factor is that response to a similar stressful situation is very individualistic and each person may respond entirely differently. While one may find an event miserable and frustrating, it might be routine for the other individual. Those more prone to be easily angered, or frustrated have increased chances of developing stress related multiple health issues including cardiac problems.
Those who are already suffering from cardiac issues may face a severe risk for angina, if they have incidence of chronic stress.
It is good to develop a sense of situation which act as triggers to your life: traffic jams, irregular employees, kids’ performance, etc and try to handle them with a calm mind. Practicing mindfulness can be very helpful and meditation and yoga can be really beneficial.