Stress and Heart



The heart is a hard-working organ in the body. It has to go on and on, much like the lungs and the kidneys, so that the rest of the body functions can go on smoothly. In normal course of activity our heart rate, blood pressure and cardio vascular system works in tandem with our metabolic needs and in harmony.

Faced with a stress event, the first reaction of our body is to increase output of the cardiovascular system.Increased activity in this of cardio vascular system during stress event leads to:- i. Higher heart rate
ii. Stronger contraction of heart muscles
iii. Dilation of blood vessels due to an increase in the blood pumped into the body and the heart


Frequent or constant exposure to stress leads to always elevated activity level of the cardio vascular system which in turn causes:-

  • blood pressure being always at elevated levels (as this becomes new normal over a period of time)
  • inflammation of arteries
  • mpact on heart muscles which are facing high blood pressure and faster heart rate

Chronic stress thus leads to Hypertension (High Blood pressure) and the impact on arteries, blood vessels and heart can lead to chest pain and also heart attack, albeit in the long run.

Having a stress -free life may not be fully achievable, though not possible but we can still help ourselves and our Cardio system to the extent that it stays healthy. First off:-

  • Acknowledging, measuring and Managing stress better is good for starters
  • Exercising regularly is key as no exercise and high stress levels are a fatal combination. For, as over a period of time lack of exercise leads to fat deposits in arteries and then on toleads to heart-related complications issues