Prevent Heart Disease By Reducing Stress

Dec 7, 2015

Recent mainstream discussions around the connection between emotional and physical health highlights the idea that every feeling has some type of affect on your body.

The definition of stress describes how your body reacts to or copes with perceived threats. When you feel threatened, your nervous system responds by releasing hormones that allow you to react quickly, but also create an unstable environment for your internal systems.

The direct correlation between excessive levels of stress and the development of heart disease is one of the reasons why over 600,000 people in the United States die of heart disease each year.

The stress you experience can create physiological changes that affect your:

  • Heart rate
  • Joints
  • Energy
  • Skin
  • Digestion
  • Cellular health
  • Immune system
  • Blood pressure
  • Cholesterol levels
  • Blood sugar
  • Brain chemistry
  • Hormonal balance
  • Mood.

If you suffer from one or more of these symptoms, you should schedule an appointment with a Snellville Chiropractor right away.

Stress and Your Heart’s Health

When you are exposed to long-term stress factors, your chances of suffering from some type of cardiac problem later in life significantly increases. Studies show that prolonged stress can raise your hormone levels, which causes your insulin and blood pressure to fluctuate.

How Stress Causes Heart Disease

Being unable to manage your stress can cause long-term damage to your health and is known to lead to: irregular heartbeats, high blood pressure, chest pain, and heart disease.

Studies that have used psychosocial therapies involving psychological and social aspects are known to effective for preventing the onset of a heart attacks.

How To Manage Your Stress

Chiropractic care can provide significant support for reducing the type of “fight or flight” hormones that trigger when you experience stress and hurt your heart.

Receiving spinal adjustments that are complimented with therapy is an excellent way to keep your body’s internal systems at peak health, while also reducing built up tension.

Controlling the basics of your life is essential for keeping your mind and body on the right track when it comes to managing stress. Maintaining a positive mindset, avoiding cigarettes, alcohol, and fattening foods are all practical ways to reduce stress triggers in your life.

Other ways that you can reduce stress are to:

  • Take time to organize your personal and professional life in order to remove excess and clutter.
  • Meditate once a day.
  • Join a yoga group.
  • Jog at least three times a week for 30 minutes.
  • Change your diet to include more fruits and vegetables. Doing so can support your body’s ability to better cope with stress.
  • Avoid alcohol, cigarettes, and drugs.
  • Reduce intake of sugar and caffeine.
  • Try to laugh more.
  • Listen to soothing music.

Speak With Our Doctors

If the stress in your life has or continues to negatively affect your health, you should speak with one of our doctors about possible solutions.

Our Chiropractors offer appointments that allow you to discuss and describe the causes of your stress, your family history, and other variables that could factor into your current stress load.

You can speak with a physician by calling (404) 889-8826.