Fortunately, our bodies are designed to feel stress and react to it
… we know that. But, what are the long-term effects of stress on the cardiovascular and metabolic system?
If stress itself is a risk factor for heart disease, it could be because chronic stress exposes your body to unhealthy, persistently elevated levels of hormones like adrenaline and cortisol.
Studies also link stress to changes in the way blood clots, which increases the risk of heart attack.
The effects of chronic stress can create significant damage to the cardiovascular system by increasing the risk of coronary artery disease, elevating blood pressure, increasing atherosclerosis, increasing the risk of myocardial infarction, increasing the risk of diabetes, and increasing the likelihood of obesity.
Stress is a reaction to changes that require you to adjust or respond. Our bodies are designed to feel stress and react to it.
Effects of Chronic Stress on the Cardiovascular and Metabolic Systems
Scientific research indicates chronic stress can increase the risk of:
- coronary heart disease
- elevated blood pressure
- myocardial infarction
Reference: McEwan BS. Protective and Damaging effects of stress mediators. New England Journal of Medicine. 1983;338(3):171-179
However, it’s not always possible to avoid change or the situations that can cause stress; and as a result, you can begin to feel overwhelmed and unable to cope.
The regular practice of Vedic Meditation creates a more rapid recovery from a stressful stimulus and a reversal of symptomatology associated with severe and chronic stress. Therefore, one should be able to mitigate any damage caused by the long-term effects of stress on the body.
Related Research findings:
Effects of Chronic Stress on the Brain
Chronic stress creates excessive levels of cortisol in the brain, impairing the function, short term, and contextual memory …
Effects of Stress on the Immune System
Chronic stress affects the immune system by increasing sympathetic activity and decreasing cellular immunity …
Normal and Abnormal Responses to Stress
When stressed, your body creates extra energy to protect itself. If not used, this extra energy creates an imbalance within your system.
The Biochemical Response to Stress
Chronic acute stress leads to an out of balance biochemistry with elevated cortisol and suppressed serotonin, consequently, stress plays a major causative role in both physical and mental health …
When we are under stress our bodies are functioning in survival mode (fight, flight or freeze)
… When our immune system weakens, we tend to be more reactive (rather than responsive), more guarded, defensive (crying over spilt milk). And most importantly – our quality of life, our life satisfaction is lowered.
Vedic Meditation is one of the most powerful techniques available for reducing stress and anxiety. As a result, you no longer store as much stress and tension in your body. This allows you to start responding to life with a positive attitude – relaxed, resilient and care-free. It is also one of the easiest to learn and simplest to practice.
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