Anxiety and Your Heart Health

Many of us will experience symptoms of anxiety and panic during our lives. In some people, symptoms of anxiety and panic can significantly impair their quality of life. However, as Dr. Una McCann, Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, believes from her personal clinical experience, anxiety disorders can also play a major role in heart disease.

I lurched from one panic attack to another, recalls one patient suffering anxiety disorders attacks since her mid-20s. “The anxiety seemingly came from nowhere. Putting on my makeup I’d notice the increasingly unpleasant sensation of butterflies that signals an attack. My limbs would feel as if they had lost all substance.  I’d become disorientated and short of breath. My lips and tongue would tingle and I would break out in a sweat. Now, at my 50, after a cardiac arrest,  I live in fear that my worrying could kill me.” In fact, only 2% of people survive sudden cardiac arrest. (more…)

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Stress and Heart Diseases: B-Calm – Natural Stress Relief

When you experience stress, your body goes through a series of physiological responses that feed into your nervous system and circulatory system. It is well documented that stress has a substantial affect on the heart. Some of short lasting stress can be good for the heart. For example, physical exercise can put the heart under a degree of stress that is, generally agreed, to be beneficial provided that heart is not suffering from any disease.

However, if this stress is prolonged or gets chronic due to daily stress at work then the heart is forced to work harder for longer. It is believed that the stress hormones (adrenaline and cortisol which increases heart rate, directs blood flow to the muscular system and releases fats into the bloodstream for use as energy) make blood thicker and stickier in preparation for any potential wound or injury. but in chronic stress this protective mechanism causes blood clots to form within the bloodstream because the body reacts to all stress in the same way. (more…)

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