Managing Stress To Stay Healthy

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We all know stress is bad for us.

In fact, 7 out of every 10 Americans say they suffer from it daily. Stress can also be hard on your heart.

Stress happens every single day. From small issues at work or dealing with traffic.

To much bigger things, such as receiving bad news. Scott Timmer says he manages his every day stress by using exercise to help him relax.

Like most of us Timmer deals with the typical things ,like work and family life, that can cause him stress. Only recently, he also some news that amped his stress level up quite a bit.

“They call it ‘the widow maker’ and it was 100-percent blocked,” Scott Timmer said.

Timmer had noticed he was tired all the time and wasn’t feeling very well. As it turns out, he needed heart surgery to put a stent in his heart. He now says he’s lucky to be alive and is doing all he can to to be stress-free.

 “Diet and exercise continue to be an important ways to help alleviate stress. Of course, how you take care of your body and how you live your life, I think, are all important,” Timmer said.

In fact, a recent study found that people who suffer from persistent mental stress are four times more likely to die from a heart problem. Sanford Cardiologist Dr. Naveen Rajpurohit says there are two types of stress that causes cardiac concerns: Acute stress, which happens suddenly, such as a death in the family. 

“What is sort of elusive is chronic stress. Stress that happens on a day to day basis and a lot of times we don’t recognize that,” Sanford Cardiologist Dr. Naveen Rajpurohit said.

And chronic stress, which Naveen says causes blood pressure to rise and stay high, which can cause blockages in the arteries and an irregular heart beat.

“We have some traditional risk factors and stress was not apart of those risk factors profiles. So in the past, we were not routinely asking patients their stress levels and now I regularly screen my patients for stress,” Naveen said.

Naveen says the best advice he gives his patients is to laugh often, because laughter is the best medicine against stress.



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