The Link Between Stress and Heart Disease

Stress management can reduce your chances of a heart attack

The Link Between Stress and Heart Disease

We know that there is a link between stress and heart disease. Evidence comes from the first Gulf War when there were spikes in heart attacks. Stress increases heart rate and blood pressure. If you have heart disease, it’s a good idea to do stress management. One of the best stress reducers is physical activity. We know that regular exercise lowers stress and is good for the heart.

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Steven Nissen, MD

Steven Nissen, MD, is Chairman of the Department of Cardiovascular Medicine at Cleveland Clinic. In 2007, TIME Magazine named him “one of the 100 most influential people in the world.”