Stress can come in many forms for many people. This can be largely attributed to the constant over-filling of our personal schedules. Stress can also come from the constant worry about retirement money and health issues for those who are at the age of 55 or older. The constant stress, or chronic stress, can have a powerful influence on heart related problems.
The problems that can occur are:
Sudden increases in blood pressure
Rapid heart rates
Inflammation of the arteries
Changes in typical heart rhythms
High stress levels can cause a person to refrain from physical activity and make poor diet decisions such as eating foods high in fat. This can quickly cause serious heart problems, especially for those over 55.
Recognizing the occurrence of chronic stress is key in preventing behaviors that can be detrimental to your risks of developing heart disease.