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
Forgetfulness

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. Medicomp 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.