February is coming, which means we need to focus on our cardiovascular health! It is important to understand the effects of stress at any age. However, this is especially important for older adults, as those 65 and older are more likely to develop cardiovascular disease than younger adults.
There is a strong connection between your mood and heart health. Emotions and thinking patterns can increase the risk of heart disease, especially in stressful situations, research has found. Stress isn’t always a bad thing—in some cases, it can be a good thing if it gives you motivation. It becomes a problem when you experience severe or frequent stress. If you’re stressed about things, things that have nothing to do with immediate physical danger, your body doesn’t need those extra chemicals!
Knowing the difference between these two types of stress is important for you to stay healthy.
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acute stress is a reaction to a sudden or dire situation. It shouldn’t have any lasting effects on overall health. This stress is usually temporary and goes away once your body returns to its natural state.
chronic stress It doesn’t go away for days, weeks or months. Causes of chronic stress can be life changes, natural disasters, health problems, money problems, living and working environments, and mental health conditions.
Both of these stresses end up taking a toll on your heart. If stress or anxiety makes your heart beat faster or faster, talk to your PCP about managing stress. If you are at risk for heart disease, then you should ask about heart health screenings and exams.