Chronic uncontrolled stress is often an underlying and much overlooked cause of cardiovascular disease. Stress itself triggers depression, overeating, smoking and drinking in excess. It is also the leading cause of insomnia. And stress hormones promote arterial constriction, high blood pressure, increased heart rate and blood clotting and accelerated LDL cholesterol oxidation, which is considered a pivotal step in the development of heart disease.
Reducing Stress is Key to Heart Health
This means that along with eating a heart-healthy diet, taking targeted nutritional supplements, and participating in a regular exercise routine, you need to work on reducing stress levels in order to support a healthy cholesterol ratio. Luckily, reducing stress can be as easy as learning when you need to breathe more deeply, laugh more often or spend more time with your pet. Learn eight time-tested techniques for reducing stress.