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Life can be stressful.
Bills pile up. Work deadlines beckon. Traffic can be a nightmare. Family life can get complicated.
It’s no surprise that 80 percent of respondents to a 2017 American Psychological Association survey reported feeling at least one symptom of stress within the past month. Another recent study found that people who worry about losing their job are 20 percent more likely to have heart disease.
Stress is a part of life. How you deal with it can make a difference for your health. When stress becomes excessive, it can contribute to a host of health problems including high blood pressure, inflammation, asthma or ulcers.
Though more research is needed on how stress affects heart disease, behaviors associated with stress — such as smoking, overeating, lack of sleep or inactivity — can increase your risk for heart disease.
And while it sometimes seems impossible to escape, stress doesn’t have to damage your heart or your overall health. There are steps you can take to help reduce your stress:
Personalized heart health starts here. Take a free HeartAware health assessment.
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