In small quantities, stress is natural and can even spur our bodies to keep us safe from harm's way. But long-term stress can damage the body, especially the heart. How much do you know about stress and its effects on this cardiac organ?
Can stress alone cause heart disease?
Researchers don't know yet
another term for a heart attack
chest pain that results from heart muscle not receiving enough oxygen
a term used to describe heart palpitations
Stress can contribute to which of the following?
high blood pressure
Both are correct
Which group of "fight or flight" hormones is released as a response to stress?
Which of the following is NOT a physical symptom of stress?
a racing heart
a sluggish heart rate
According to the American Institute of Stress, people with which type of behavior are more at risk for a heart attack?
Type A coronary behavior
Type B coronary behavior
Type C coronary behavior
Stress can cause:
just heart attacks
heart failure, heart attacks, sudden cardiac death and arrhythmias
none of the above
Is there a relationship between stress at work and heart disease?
maybe, but researchers haven't been able to prove it yet
Why is long-term (chronic) stress more harmful than short-term (acute) stress?
Chronic stress changes how your brain translates hormones
Chronic stress disrupts the systems your body uses to handle short-term stress, which can be harmful to the body
Chronic and acute stress harm your body in equal measure
In addition to maintaining a healthy body, what can you do to lower your stress levels and chances of developing heart disease?
Take medications that reduce stress
Ignore the stress until the weekend
Do whatever makes you feel relaxed -- whether it's exercise, meditation, doing yoga, talking to others about problems or writing in a journal