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Stress poses heart health dangers for women

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Women are more likely to take on stress for themselves and their families. This increases the risk of potential health problems that can include both psychological and physical issues.

Women tend to eat more to lessen stress, which can lead to increased weight and decreased exercise. If our weight increases or we have decreased exercise tolerance, health-related risk factors for heart disease can worsen. Our blood pressure, cholesterol, and risk of developing diabetes all increase.

High blood pressure, diabetes, obesity, high cholesterol, and high blood sugar are all risk factors for developing heart disease and cerebral vascular disease. Even women who have not yet experienced menopause, all women are at risk. The risk for women who are postmenopausal is higher.

Multiple studies have shown that depression alone is a strong risk factor for heart disease and worse long term outcomes if there has been a heart-related event.

Untreated stress can make women more susceptible to depression. Stress symptoms such as weight gain, fatigue and mood swings, poor sleep, heart racing, irritability, and poor eating habits, are all signs that women should not ignore.

If you are experiencing symptoms, it is important to determine what is triggering stress and then make changes to reduce stress. This is not always simple. Talking with your family, friends and coworkers, as well as a religious advisor, may be helpful.

Don’t hold on to your worries and believe that they will disappear. They will not go away and they could get worse. We want to avoid the potential health hazards we have just mentioned. Get help. There are people who can assist you.


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