Stress kills and if you think stress is everywhere, you’re right! Somebody can say that some stress can be motivational, but constant feelings of pressure, worry, or tension at work can have a profound effect on our physical and mental health. Stress is a common denominator to every occupation. Regardless of salary, gender field or experience, excessive stress can cripple us.
Stress and coronary disease
The primary effect of perceived stress on chronic negative emotions is chronic activation of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis and the sympathetic nervous system (SNS). Widespread peripheral effects derive from this central nervous system activation. In addition, there are direct effects on central nervous system remodeling that may help drive altered behaviors. Another consequence is a heightened physiologic responsivity to acute environmental stimuli. ANS, autonomic nervous system.
Psychosocial risk factors for coronary artery disease include: depression; various anxiety syndromes, such as phobias, panic, and post-traumatic stress syndrome; anger/hostility; negative cognitive patterns such as pessimism; and chronic stress, including work stress, marital stress, social isolation, and low socioeconomic status.
– Dr. Nabil Paktin’s Cardiology Blog
How stress affects the body?
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