GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOTV)-We know that stress is a contributor to heart disease , the number one killer of Americans. According to Heart.org, stress can also affect heart disease risk: high blood pressure and cholesterol levels, smoking, physical inactivity and overeating. Some people choose to partake in unhealthy habits to “manage” their stress, however these habits like smoking, overeating and drinking too much can increase blood pressure and cause even more damage to the body.
Stress can cause additional issues and may lead to headache, back strain, or stomachaches. Stress can also make you feel tired and overwhelmed. Click the video above to watch. Metro Health Cardiologist, Dr. Barbara Karenko talks about the relation between stress and Cardiomyopathy, a group of diseases that affect the heart muscle. Many people experience shortness of breath, feeling tired , and swelling of the legs occur due to the onset of heart failure. An irregular heart beat and fainting may occur. Some people experience few or no symptoms during Cardiomyopathy while others experience severe symptoms.