Juggling work responsibilities, family obligations, financial matters and
social commitments can become overwhelming. Chronic stress can negatively
affect your mental and physical health, including your cardiac health.
For many people, stress seems to be an inevitable part of life—but
it doesn’t have to be this way. You can regain control with the
resources available at
Good Samaritan Hospital in San Jose. The specialists at our hospital offer superior care for those
in need of behavioral health services and cardiac care.
Chronic stress is closely linked to some mental health disorders, including
depression and anxiety disorders. Although stress is separate from these
disorders, experiencing chronic stress may increase your risk of developing them.
Stress can affect your behavioral health in other ways, such as by increasing the risk of substance abuse. Some
people self-medicate with alcohol or drugs, but this only worsens the
problem and may even lead to an emergency visit to the hospital.
The cardiovascular system is comprised of the heart and blood vessels.
It is highly susceptible to the effects of stress. Short-term stress causes
the heart rate and blood pressure levels to rise. When the stressful situation
is over, the cardiovascular system returns to normal. Unfortunately, chronic
stress can take a heavy toll on the heart and blood vessels. Long-term
stress can contribute to the following problems:
- High blood pressure
- Heart attack
- Artery wall damage
A person’s heart health can suffer even more when stress causes the
- Smoking cigarettes
- Consuming alcohol to excess
- Neglecting to exercise
- Neglecting to eat well
You may have noticed that when you’re especially stressed out, your
stomach responds in an unpleasant way. Stress can contribute to the following
- Stomach pain
If you respond to stress by overeating or by consuming alcohol, you may
be more susceptible to severe heartburn pain.
At Good Samaritan Hospital, it’s our mission to help our neighbors
in San Jose live life well. We’re proud to offer community resources
to support your health, including our mindfulness-based
stress reduction program, which has helped hundreds of people in our community. Call a
registered nurse at our hospital at (888) 724-2362 to request general
information about our medical specialties.