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Can stress impact your heart rate and blood pressure?

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Yes. When you’re overwhelmed with stress, your body goes into “fight-or-flight” mode, which triggers your adrenal glands to release the hormones cortisol and adrenaline. These can make your heart beat faster and your blood pressure rise.

This usually happens when there’s a momentary stressor, and the effects pass once it’s over. However, over time, too many episodes of this kind of acute stress can cause inflammation in your arteries, which could be a contributing factor to heart attacks.

From: Is My Stress Level Too High? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: 

HelpGuide.org: “Stress Symptoms, Signs, and Causes.”

The American Institute of Stress: “Stress Effects.”

Mayo Clinic: “Stress symptoms: Effects on your body and behavior.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Warning Signs of Emotional Stress: When to See Your Doctor.”

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on November 03, 2016

SOURCES: 

HelpGuide.org: “Stress Symptoms, Signs, and Causes.”

The American Institute of Stress: “Stress Effects.”

Mayo Clinic: “Stress symptoms: Effects on your body and behavior.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Warning Signs of Emotional Stress: When to See Your Doctor.”

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on November 03, 2016

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