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    Chronic Stress and Your Heart
    Joe Piscatella posted:
    Heat health is not just about diet & exercise. Stress plays a significant role too. You can't avoid stress, but you can learn to manage it effectively. And that's important. Unbridled tension means that your adrenaline levels are constantly elevated. This increases blood pressure, blood sugar, cholesterol and can damage blood vessels wit inflammation. One study of 17,500 women found that job strain increases the risk of heart attack by 40%.
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    brunosbud responded:
    Common sources of chronic stress...

    Financial stress. Job-related stress. Stress from dysfunctional relationships (home and work). Frustration from driving in gridlock. Stress from illness or disability. Depressive stress. Physical stress. Separation anxiety. Phobias. Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Social anxiety. Loneliness. Abusive Relationship. Insomnia. Negative Body Image................

    Its so important to remember that any physical activity can help relieve stress...

    And, there's no need to stress over the kind of exercise we perform, either. Simple walking and deep breathing are incredibly therapeutic for the heart.

    Good post, Joe.

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