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Why might ongoing stress be unhealthier than usual if you have heart failure?

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Your body isn’t made to bathe in stress hormones over the long haul. For example, increased stress has been associated with a higher chance of dying. The relationship may be even stronger among people with weakened hearts.

SOURCES: 

American Heart Association.

Harvard Health Publications: "Understanding the stress response," "Exercising to Relax."

PubMed: "Perceived Stress and Mortality in a Taiwanese Older Adult Population," "Effectiveness of Transcendental Meditation on Functional Capacity and Quality of Life of African Americans with Congestive Heart Failure: A Randomized Control Study," "Cardiovascular reactivity, stress, and physical activity," "Exercise acts as a drug; the pharmacological benefits of exercise."

Delamater, A. , April 2006. Clinical Diabetes

Mayo Clinic: "Chronic stress puts your health at risk."

National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health: "Tai Chi and Qi Gong: In Depth."

Cole, K. , November 2007. American Journal of Critical Care

Reviewed by James Beckerman on June 1, 2018

SOURCES: 

American Heart Association.

Harvard Health Publications: "Understanding the stress response," "Exercising to Relax."

PubMed: "Perceived Stress and Mortality in a Taiwanese Older Adult Population," "Effectiveness of Transcendental Meditation on Functional Capacity and Quality of Life of African Americans with Congestive Heart Failure: A Randomized Control Study," "Cardiovascular reactivity, stress, and physical activity," "Exercise acts as a drug; the pharmacological benefits of exercise."

Delamater, A. , April 2006. Clinical Diabetes

Mayo Clinic: "Chronic stress puts your health at risk."

National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health: "Tai Chi and Qi Gong: In Depth."

Cole, K. , November 2007. American Journal of Critical Care

Reviewed by James Beckerman on June 1, 2018

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