Stress Heart Risks: New Studies Show How Stress Affects Cardiovascular Health

Stress can make your hair fall out and cause you to lose sleep, and it can also seriously impact your cardiovascular health. According to a recent article in the Huffington Post, there is new research about the impact stress has on cardiovascular health.

According to one study, elderly with elevated cortisol levels over a period of time were more likely to be at risk for cardiovascular disease, and they also were more likely to have a history of stroke, diabetes, peripheral arterial disease, and coronary heart disease. Dr ElisabethVan Rossum stated that “the data showed a clear link between chronically elevated cortisol levels and cardiovascular disease”.

 “In a very stressful situation [like unemployment], you can actually get a severe release of adrenaline and sympathetic nerve discharges that cause the heart to beat irregularly,” said John Higgins, MD, a sports cardiologist at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston.

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10 New Things We’ve Learned About Stress

April marks the beginning of National Stress Awareness Month. Huffington Post shared a recent article outlining 10 new things we’ve learned about stress.

1) According to recent studies, work stress may lead to increased risk of cardiac complications in men, diabetes in women and it may also shorten DNA strands linked to longevity.

2) A genuine smile lowers your heart rate and alleviates stress. So next time you are in traffic, try smiling even if you have to fake it in the beginning. Haha!

3) Dwelling on stress can make matters worse. That’s right your reaction to stress impacts your physical health.

4) Chronic stress puts men at increased risk for diabetes.

5) Work issues and job stability are biggest contributers to milennial stress.

6) Learning to be present (using techniques such as art therapy and mindfulness meditation) helps alleviate stress and improve health.

7) Stress plays a role in drug relapse. Personally, we don’t think this is anything new but glad it’s getting attention. It’s important not to turn to drugs/alcohol (i.e. self-medicate) when under stress.

8) Stress impacts the body’s ability to regulate inflammation which in turn lowers immunity and places a person at risk for catching a cold.

9) Stillbirths are 2.5% higher in women with major stressful life events.

10) Also, according to researcher bring your clean, friendly, pet to work could also help alleviate stress. Of course, if you cannot take your pet to work then spends some time regularly playing with your beloved pet.

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4 steps to prevent burnout

There is so much information out there about the negative impacts stress has on one’s health. From put your at risk for heart disease to impacting your sleep. Stress can do a number on your body. What can you do to prevent burning out?

Just like anyone is, Elika is under a lot of stress. Stress from multiple obligations and various deadlines. In fact, lately, Elika’s sleep was impacted by her stress and she began to notice the signs that her body is under too much stress.

Here is Elika’s 4 step burnout prevention prescription:
1) Identify what is causing worry/stress in your life.
2) Is it something you are not doing that needs to be done? If so, schedule some time in your calender now to make sure it gets done.
3) Establish appropriate boundaries to prevent those pesky “time thieves”.
4) Make sure to get adequate rest. Lack of sleep is also a stressor on the body.

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Did you try these steps? What was your experience?

Insomnia bites the dust: Impact of Stress on Your Health

It’s 3 A.M. and you are still staring at the ceiling. You have counted so many sheep that you can start a farm and still nothing…sound familiar??

We ALL need sleep. Ever seen kids when they haven’t had
 their naps? They get cranky and so do adults that don’t sleep. Plus it slows down your response time (like alcohol). Sleep is vital for our health, emotions, beauty and sanity! Chances are if you are busy running around all day your mind is still processing information when your body is ready to shut down. Here are a few tricks that have worked.

1) Establish a bedtime routine.
2) Stop drinking caffeine after 2pm (this includes soda and iced teas).
3) Stop worrying about it-the more attention you put on the fact that you are not sleeping, the worse it gets.


Let us know how you do. Here is to a restful night-preferably without snoring!