Is Stress Affecting Your Health?

Although many tend to say that some stress is good, the other side of stress tends to wear us down and affect us emotionally, behaviorally, and physically, manifesting a variety of symptoms that you might not even think are related to stress. Stress can originate from an array of different sources, which can lead to other conditions and habits that could affect your heart health daily.

Stress can raise your blood pressure, which can negatively impact your heart health while contributing to the risk of heart disease. Stress is one of the most common reasons people start unhealthy habits, like smoking or over-eating, which can lead to high cholesterol, diabetes, and obesity. Monitoring your heart is nearly essential if you’re at risk of heart disease, and arrhythmia monitoring may be necessary if you regularly experience abnormal heart symptoms such as heart palpitations.

Often times people are so used to being stressed that they fail to act on helping themselves, which can, over time, have negative effects on your well-being. Knowing the symptoms is the first step in addressing the problems, and everyone should be aware of these signs:

Stomach and digestion issues
Mood swings
Trouble sleeping
Constant of increased anxiety
Increased feeling of being overwhelmed
Increased drug, alcohol and tobacco use
Changes in appetite
Increased frustrations and agitation
Inability to stay focused

Monitoring your heart is the key to leading a healthier life, along with replacing harmful habits with more heart healthy ones. This can include regular exercise, or engaging in something you enjoy, such as drawing, gardening, or even going on vacation. Prevention is the key to reducing your risk of heart disease, and recognizing the negative effects of feeling overly stressed can be a huge factor in taking the steps to live a healthier life.

Understanding stress and actively contributing to your physical and mental well-being can greatly increase your heart health and reduce the risks that may contribute to heart disease. ReactDx specializes in providing customers with arrhythmia monitoring systems that make heart monitoring easy and accurate. Contact us today at 800-23-HEART to find out more about our arrhythmia and cardiac event monitor solutions that will help you live a healthier life.

Jodi is a seasoned Human Resources professional who thrives on change and transformation. She fell in love with Human Resources when she attended Penn State University for graduate school in Public Administration with a curriculum that emphasized Human Resources. After earning her Master’s degree she began her career in the manufacturing industry in Talent Acquisition and was eventually assigned the overall HR Management responsibility of three divisions which included collective bargaining. Ultimately, she made her way to transitioning a new division of a Fortune 100 company under the corporate model as well as developing and executing Human Resources policies and procedures across a broad range of functional disciplines. At the next juncture of her career, she was tapped on the shoulder by former Executives that she previously worked with to join in on an exciting start-up. Today, Jodi is the Vice President of Talent Relations and Development for Medicomp Inc dba ReactDx and is responsible for managing the strategic Human Resources function which includes mergers and acquisitions for this rapidly expanding company.

Jodi and her husband enjoy landscaping, finding new restaurants and traveling whenever life gives them the opportunity.

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