Physical Health Symptoms of Stress
You may be skeptical that stress can actually cause health problems, but in fact it causes high blood pressure, peptic ulcers, asthma, and tension headaches. "Its not stress that kills us, it is our reaction to it" - Hans Selye What is A Type Personality & SO WHAT? I want to start off by bringing your attention to the fact that Heart Disease is one of the leading causes of death in North America, affecting more than 40% of the population. Not a big number? Well consider the fact that 90% of the population of North America has undergone a Coronary Heart Disease; when your coronary arteries [arteries which are giving blood to your heart] have a reduction of blood flow. The primary cause of Coronary Heart Disease is atherosclerosis, which is the gradual narrowing of your coronary arteries. Your coronary arteries narrow when there is a buildup of fatty deposits & other debris on the inner walls of the arteries. Ok..so your coronary arteries narrow, what does that have to do with a Heart Attack? When the narrow artery is suddenly blocked, for example by a blood clot, you get a Heart Attack. What can cause your arteries to get blocked? There are a number of causes; Smoking, lack of exercise, high cholesterol, high blood pressure... .AND Type A Personality! Type A Personality: very competitive, impatient, time urgent, very angry and hostile. Type A's are the ones who are ambitious, perfectionists, very time conscious, multi-taskers, panic when there are delays, achievement-oriented and workaholics. As opposed to... Type B Personality: falls on the complete opposite spectrum of Type A. Type B's are your relaxed, patient, easygoing, less hurried, less competitive and more calm. Why does this matter? Well Type As have a higher chance of developing coronary heart disease, especially because of the fact that they are angry and hostile. Studies have shown that those who are very angry and hostile have a 3x higher chance of developing a heart attack than those who are calm. So? Type A is very toxic to your health! Emotional Reactions & Depression... Can this cause Heart Disease? The answer is: YES. The stress that you face every day and the emotions that you experience are constantly taxing your heart. Even brief stress periods trigger acute symptoms of heart disease and prolonged mental stress results in cardiac symptoms... a 30-70% increased chance. When you have episodes of anger from stress induced events you are increasing your chances of a heart attack... so perhaps a smile a day, keeps the doctor away! Learn to relax and to calm down because with each angry burst you are getting closer to a heart attack! In regards to depression, it is known to be a risk factor for heart disease, so if you are currently battling depression PLEASE consult a physician. Sadness and despair doubles your chances of a heart attack, so not only are you feeling down, but you are deteriorating your health one day at a time.