All of us experience stress—such as before a test, when we are late or working under a deadline, or in traffic. Stress is a way for your body to adapt to changes in the environment. Although some stress is considered usual, research shows that prolonged stress or chronic stress can negatively impact your heart.
How does stress affect the heart? When we are under stress, our body responds by releasing a cascade of stress hormones and other chemicals that help the body prepare for the “fight or flight” response. Some of the most notable changes are an increased heart rate and breathing rate. Both of these responses increase blood flow to your tissues and make you more alert. Read more