A Critical Evaluation Of Stress And Heart Disease

Stress and Heart disease
The causes of heart disease are classified into modifiable and non-modifiable. The modifiable causes such as stress, lifestyle issues are different from the non-modifiable causes like gender, age and genetics in the sense that they can be controlled by conscious action. Of course, it requires a considerable degree of conscious effort to modify (lifestyle for example), but it is not impossible. Here, you get to know how to especially deal with stress, which has been identified in various studies as a major cause of heart disease. However, to understand how to deal with stress, it is first necessary to grasp the science behind the interrelation of stress and heart diseases.

Stress is normal

It is normal to be stressed. There are just too many concrete reasons to be stressed, like work, family, relationships etc. Many people are put to constant ‘flight or fight’ mode because of stress. Since the symptoms of anxiety are perceptible, therefore it must be evident that biochemical reactions are going on within the body in response to tension. These reactions are very real. For example, increased heart rate is a common symptom of anxiety. People in constant anxiety live in a constant state of flurry. What you should reflect on is the fact that if a ‘feeling’ or a ‘mental condition’ can cause such real effects on the heart rate, then it should be definitely having some ‘real’ effect in the heart! These effects cannot be good; otherwise, the person going through it should have felt happy to feel stress. But, it is not the case. People feel down and flurried in anxiety. These observations led many researchers to investigate the effect of stress on heart.

Some research conducted to establish this connection

Actually, many researchers worldwide have investigated the effect of stress on heart. A study published last year in the American journal of cardiology and conducted by the Columbia University Medical Centre Researchers conclusively proved that people who have been more stressed over a period of fourteen years are 27 percent more likely to get a heart disease. Researchers actually calculated the physical effects of stress and equated it to the likeness of smoking five extra cigarettes a day. Stress actually acts on the body cholesterol level to increase the level of ‘bad’ cholesterol or LDL in the blood. The level of ‘good’ cholesterol or HDL is also lowered due to stress. However, the actual mechanism how stress affects the body mechanisms is still a subject of active research. Until scientists discover the mechanism, and develop the method how to reverse it, presented here are some tips on how to deal with stress on a daily basis.

How to cope with stress

To deal with stress, first you have to identify the agents of it. These agents are called the stressors. There can be different kinds of stressors like relationship issues, unemployment, legal issues, financial problems, excessive ego, perfectionism, etc. Once you identify the stressor(s) that are causing you stress, it becomes easier for you to deal with them. Dealing essentially means bringing about a change in perception and lifestyle. Eating healthy, regular exercises, objective perception of things etc. are some of the suggestions to deal with stress.

The mental and emotional changes that can help

Stress is largely a mental phenomena expressed through both mental and physical symptoms. Therefore, to deal with stress, you have to re-occupy your mind and gradually evacuate it of the unwanted tenant, Mr. Stress. There are several ways of doing that. It can take some time, but if you persist in your beliefs, then it becomes increasingly easier.

• For instance, you should consciously try to align with your core beliefs. Before that, you should see that the core beliefs are not hurtful and unreasonable. The more integrity you achieve, you see the haphazard pieces of your life falling into places, automatically.

• Take responsibility of your actions that has caused you distress, learn to apologize when you have been wrong and try your best to rectify the wrongs that you have incurred, both on your personal life and to the lives of others.

• Get sufficient rest, but do not overdo it, so that you become lazy.

• Balance should be the mantra of your life. Once you seek greater balance in your emotions, you will see that your wishes are arranging your life in order.


All said and done, ultimately it depends on you. You are your own medicine man and no amount of prescription drug can help you to deal with stress. The problem of stress is in your mind and medicines only suppress the external physical symptoms. If you follow a good life, stress is bound to disappear.

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I am Atanu Majumdar, owner of the blog healthadvice4life.com. Healthadvice4life covers articles on various Health and wellness topics. If you like This post, you can follow healthadvice4life on Twitter or On Facebook Or On Google PlusI am Atanu Majumdar, owner of the blog healthadvice4life.com. Healthadvice4life covers articles on various Health and wellness topics. If you like This post, you can follow healthadvice4life on Twitter or On Facebook Or On Google Plus

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