Stress Management: Who Needs Stress Testing?
Job and emotional stress are prominent triggers for inducing anxiety and depression. But different people manage and cope with stress differently. However, there are some signs and symptoms that you should watch out for and get tested for chronic stress, if you experience any of these symptoms.
1) Physical signs: Do you experience difficulty in breathing? Do you also experience chest pain and poor blood flow to the heart? These are some of the physiological signs that can stress the body.
2) Heart disease: If you had a heart attack or coronary heart disease, you will be administered a stress test to gauge and relieve your stress symptoms.
3) Exercise: When you experience shortness of breath or chest pain during an exercise session, a stress test will determine if you have heart or lung problems.
4) Sedentary life: When you have led a sedentary life and suddenly take up intense fitness, the body can undergo stress.
How does stress increase the risk for heart disease?
Stress, either physical or mental, can actually increase your heart rate, it can also increase blood pressure and the demand of oxygen to your heart may go beyond the supply and may precipitate a heart attack. On a long term basis, chronic stress may cause persistent high blood pressure, disturbed cholesterol levels and disturbances in your blood clotting profile, which may prove dangerous for the heart.
Coping with stress:
Sufficient physical rest: Good sleep and relaxation techniques help. Keep anxiety to a minimum, plan your activities or important work in advance, set realistic goals and very importantly learn to accept defeats and learn to say NO to others when you feel overwhelmed.
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