Heart disease is the leading killer of Americans, and stress can play a significant role in increasing heart disease risk. Stress can lead to elevated blood pressure, cholesterol levels, physical inactivity and depression, all which may contribute to increased risk for heart disease.
Stress can play a role in how we perform our daily activities. It can affect our mood, heart rate, diet, and weight. It can also contribute to headaches, forgetfulness, back pain, and stomach issues. And it can lead to increases in smoking and alcohol consumption. Managing stress is good not only for your heart health, but for your overall health as well.
Having a healthy lifestyle and diet are important steps toward preventing heart disease. Consider scheduling a Health Coaching session on your HealthQuest portal for more tips about developing healthy habits.