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May 18, 2021 3 min read

We all know that stress is bad. But in which ways does it harm our body, namely our hearts?

In order to keep our heart in good health, it is critical to limit the amount of stress in our lives.

Anxiety and stress can damage health and the heart and should be prevented or treated where possible.

Although all stress cannot be eliminated fully from life, it is important to know the ways stress does contribute to heart problems so that we can be better aware to manage it.

Stress Increases Inflammation

Being stressed out daily can cause inflammation to accumulate in the body, which can cause cardiovascular problems to occur.

This can make the arteries in your heart become clogged and could prevent your heart from functioning as well as it should.

Studies show that people dealing with extreme challenging situations in life, such as grieving the loss of loved ones or being part of the military are more likely to experience heart problems.

Consider engaging in daily meditation to help reduce the amount of stress in your life and the possibility of unwanted inflammation around your heart.

Stress Raises Blood Pressure

The ideal blood pressure (BP) reading that you should have is 120/80. This specific range will help keep your heart in good condition and work to keep your blood flowing to and from your heart.

Stress can cause your BP reading to spike and over time, this can damage to your heart and your arteries. This could potentially lead to heart disease or even a heart attack if left untreated.

Be sure to add some deep breathing techniques to your daily routine to help you reduce the stress in your daily life.

 

Other ways to reduce stress:

1) Start a Daily Walking Routine to Improve Heart Health

When it comes to keeping your heart healthy, you will want to take the time to invest in exercising. One way to do this is by simply by walking every day for good health.

This is by far one of the least expensive exercises for you to do and only requires that you have a good pair of tennis shoes and comfortable clothing.

Knowing the heart benefits of walking can be the incentive you need to get started.

Walking will strengthen your heart

The key to avoiding numerous heart problems may be in actually strengthening your heart. Engaging in a walking routine helps to increase your heart rate and which is critical to making the heart stronger.

When your heart rate goes up, the body works to pump more blood into your heart muscles and is an effective way to build a stronger cardiovascular system!

It is ideal to do some power walking on the treadmill or while you’re out walking around the neighborhood. Power-walking is done when you speed up without running, to push your body a little harder than a stroll would. This ensures that the heart rate is elevated and in turn, increases the strength of your heart.

2) Maintain Body Weight

One of the best things you can do for your heart is to be at the right body weight or BMI (Body Mass Index) for your height. Obesity, or carrying too much weight, can result in significant damage to the heart.

Walking is effective to burn calories and will help to reduce your body fat and your overall weight over time.

Keep in mind however that losing one pound requires you to decrease your caloric intake by 3500 calories, this is much easier done in steps, such as reducing your caloric intake by 500-1000 per day to help you slim down over time.

At Crescentt, we believe in reducing stress and feeling at peace with ourselves as much as possible. Sometimes all it takes is self-care and awareness. 

Look out for more articles from us to help you with wellness & self-care at home.


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