Focus on heart health to reduce stress

Focus on heart health to reduce stressNumerous studies have suggested that there is a strong association between mental and physical wellness. For instance, poor cardiovascular health may induce stress, and vice versa.

Research that was published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology reports that stress is as significant of a risk factor for poor heart health as age or genetics. However, unlike these factors, individuals can control their stress levels.

“Cardiovascular responses to stress are exquisitely coordinated and functional up to a point,” said study authors. “These stress effects, like other settings of cardiac risk, are potentially modifiable, if not by cardiologists themselves, then by their colleagues who help patients change their behaviors and cognitions.”

The Mayo Clinic reports that chronic stress can lead to sleep disruptions, digestive issues, depression, weight gain, poor memory or skin conditions, in addition to cardiovascular disease.

As a result, it's a good idea to keep both stress levels and heart health in check in order to ensure overall well-being.

The workplace may be the most common site where people experience stress, so employee wellness programs that provide anxiety management tools and resources may be a good way to target tension where it matters most.

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