Stress is a normal part of life, but unmanaged stress can increase the risk of heart disease. It's important to determine your stress triggers and either avoid them or learn to handle them in a way that reduces your stress. Common causes of intense stress are death of a loved one, relationship problems, job loss, legal problems, perfectionism, and more. Follow the links below to find WebMD's comprehensive coverage about how stress affects your heart, signs of heart problems due to stress, and much more.
Your lover is cheating on you. Your job has just been relocated to Taiwan. Your brother wants to borrow another grand. And to top it off, your cat's been scratching your antique divan. It doesn't help at this point for your doctor to tell you that hostility is bad for your heart.