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Stress and Heart Disease

It has been believed that people who are under a lot of stress have an increased risk of heart disease. The term stress refers to two different kinds: Emotional and physical stress. Physical stress like exercise or other forms of physical exertion are considered to be good stress but if you have an underlying heart condition then too much of physical stress can be dangerous. It is believed that emotional stress can contribute to the development of heart disease. Stress can directly affect the blood vessels and accelerate atherosclerosis contributing thus worsening of your overall cardiac risk profile. Chronic emotional stress often worsens or increases cardiovascular conditions. Severe emotional stress can cause acute cardiac conditions like acute coronary syndrome (ACS) and sudden cardiac death.