Strong emotions can cause your body to make more adrenaline, a hormone that increases your heart rate and blood pressure. Tension causes small arteries in your bodyto contract (get smaller) and may temporarily raise your blood cholesterol levels.
There are eight risk factors you can control. Your health care team may ask you to focus on just one or two for now. You can make these decisions together.
Stress can be big, such as: death, divorce, marriage, job loss or change, financial problems, family illness, moving or having a baby.
Stress can be smaller, such as: standing in a long line at the grocery store with a fussy child, getting stuck in traffic or being bogged down at work while facing a deadline.
How you handle stress will have an affect on your body and emotional well-being. You can help manage stress by trying to reduce the causes. When you are under stress,you must take good care of yourself.
Allina Health's Patient Education Department, Helping Your Heart, fourth edition, cvs-ahc-90648
Allina Health's Patient Education Department experts
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