How Depression Harms Your Health
Effect of Depression #6: Fluctuation in the blood pressure
When you are depressed, your body naturally releases stress hormones like cortisol and epinephrine. These stress hormones can affect the rate of your blood pressure and heart beat. When these hormones are released they fasten your B.P. and heart beat speed, which make your arteries weak and helpless. This leads to the building up of plaque in the arteries, and blocks your blood flow and eventually causes heart attack and stroke.
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