February 5, 2023

Is life stressing you out? Impacts of stress on heart health

The stress of living through a global pandemic, an explosive political climate, environmental disasters and everything in between can put serious pressure on your heart. 

If left unchecked, chronic stress can cause damage to your body, potentially leading to heart attacks, high blood pressure and other severe conditions.

There’s no cure-all for chronic stress, but experts say it can be improved by focusing on what you can control in your life, maintaining a healthy lifestyle and spending time with loved ones or on calming activities,

“What’s going on now, there’s no respite from it,” said Dr. Cheryl Carmin, director of behavioral cardiology at Ohio State University’s Wexner Medical Center, “It has unfortunately become a way of life and a source of stress.”