Tax Day and Your Heart
Feeling a little stressed as you work to finish your taxes by the April 15 deadline? Did you know even small doses of repeated stress can have a big impact on your heart down the road?
Stress and heart attacks are closely linked. When we encounter sudden stress, our bodies produce stress hormones like adrenaline and cortisol. These hormones increase blood pressure, get our hearts racing and may ultimately lead to a heart attack. If you experience chronic stress, hormone levels remain elevated over time and can result in high blood pressure and high cholesterol—two significant heart disease risk factors.
See 10 simple ways to reduce your stress by understanding your most common stress triggers.