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Heart Disease By Numbers

#1 Killer in all developed nations

#1 Killer of WOMEN in the USA and other developed nations

1 out of 3 women die each year from a heart attack

82% of heart attacks can be prevented

34-54 is the fasted growing age group for heart attacks

Almost two-thirds (64%) of women who die suddenly of coronary heart disease have no previous symptoms

$100,000 is the average cost for a 2 night stay with a brand spanking new heart stent installed

For years we’ve heard about smoking, beef, fat, alcohol and exercise as having an impact on your heart.

New studies are always coming out.  You know stress is bad for you.  Do you know how it impacts your heart?  If you know more details, will you change your lifestyle?

1. Stress will increase your cortisol levels. (Cortisol is a hormone produced by your adrenal glands when you are stressed.) Under stress, cortisol delivers glucose to the body to help the fight-or-flight mechanism function properly. If cortisol is consistently doing this, blood-sugar levels remain constantly high, which can lead to not only hypo/hyperglycemia and diabetes but also elevated cholesterol levels.

2. When you’re under mental stress, your body is preparing to protect you and assumes a primitive response, called the fight-or-flight response. During such a situation, the brain produces the hormones cortisol and adrenaline. The release of these hormones sends signals that increase blood flow to the brain and eventually produces more energy for the body. When cortisol and adrenaline are released, it raises your cholesterol level. Specifically, the release of cortisol raises blood-sugar levels for the body’s use as energy, as it locks away fat so it’s not used during this state as energy. Therefore, as cortisol is released, it raises the body’s blood-glucose level, which in turn creates more triglyceride production. Higher triglycerides create higher cholesterol levels.

3. Stress is known to increase cholesterol levels and in particular the bad LDL cholesterol. The amount of stress in your life isn’t as important as how you deal with it. The more anger and hostility that stress produces in you, the higher (and worse) your LDL and triglyceride levels tend to be. Stress encourages the body to produce more energy in the form of metabolic fuels, which cause the liver to produce and secrete more of the bad cholesterol, LDL. Also, stress may interfere with the body’s ability to clear lipids.