How Stress Affects Your Heart

Stress can affect almost every vital organ in the body and heart is no exception. This article explains what happens inside your body when you are stressed and how it leads to heart disease. 

Science tells us that the brain controls most of our emotions through two important structures Amygdala and Hypothalamic–Pituitary–Adrenal axis (HPA). But, “love” is one emotion we all believe comes straight from the heart. Are you sure your heart that stores this love is healthy and happy?

Smoking, alcohol, too much coffee consumption, fatty foods, sugary drink, etc. are all well-known risk factors for heart disease. However, scientists have found one more culprit that can raise cholesterol levels in adults who otherwise have healthy lifestyle habits. Studies show that people who are under too much stress tend to show higher levels of bad cholesterol even if they do not show other risk factors. Scientists suspect that stress can increase your cholesterol due to 3 possible bio mechanisms,

 

 

Reason # 1.  Stress encourages the body to produce fatty acids and glucose. These substances further make the liver to produce and secrete more Low Density Lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol also known as bad cholesterol, which is the principal carrier of cholesterol in the blood.

Reason # 2.  Stress interferes with lipid clearance from the body and raises the cholesterol levels

Reason # 3. Stress increases chemical substances like interleukin 6, tumor necrosis factor and C-Reactive protein that increase inflammation and also increase lipid production.

Several studies have demonstrated a link between stress and increased cholesterol levels. Even though you are physically active, eating healthy and having overall healthy lifestyle, mental stress can increase your risk of having high cholesterol. Stress management is therefore considered as an important part of healthy lifestyle. Along with eating healthy and physical activity, you can consider some healthy stress management strategies such as meditation, yoga or massage in Mumbai. Four Fountains De-Stress Spa in Mumbai and other major cities < https://www.thefourfountainsspa.in/spa-locations> offers therapeutic massage therapies that are known to reduce mental stress. Anxiety Relieving Massage in Mumbai uses essential oils such as lavender, grapefruit, rosemary, etc. that reach the brain and promote mental relaxation so that you forget all your mental tensions and stress.

So, as you celebrate Valentine’s Day, the festival love, make sure to manage your mental stress to keep you heart healthy and happy.

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