How Can Stress Affect Your Heart

Can stress affect your heart? Take this quiz and see!

1. Stress can contribute to which of the following?

a.) High Blood Pressure b.) Heart Disease c.) Both

Highlight for Answer: C. Stress contributes to high blood pressure and other heart problems, which can lead to heart disease.


2. According to the American Heart Association stress can: 

a.) Make your back and stomach hurt b.)Zap your energy c.) All of the above

Highlight for Answer: C. A stressful situation sets off a chain of events. Your body released adrenaline, a hormone that causes your breathing and heart rate to speed up and your blood pressure to rise which can cause all of the above changes in your body. 

3. Which type of stress is the most harmful to your body:

a.) Long-term stress b.) Short-term stress

Highlight for Answer: A. Long-term (chronic) stress can zap your strength and cause underlying heart problems. Chronic stress disrupts the systems the body uses to handle short-term stress. 

4. Stress can cause which of the following behavioral factors that can lead to heart disease:

a.) Physical inactivity b.) Elevated cholesterol c.) Overeating d.) Smoking e.) All of the above

Highlight for Answer: E. Stress can trigger behaviors and factors that increase risk of heart disease. 

5. What can you do to reduce stress and your chances of developing heart disease?

a.) Take medication b.) Ignore stress c.) Excercise, do yoga, write in a journal

Highlight for Answer: C. Stress reduction varies, but doing what makes you happy and relaxed is an effective way of battling stress and the heart problems associated with it!


Always remember to speak to your doctor if you have issues with stress or before taking any corrective actions on your own. Find more information at American Heart Association:

If you would like to speak with a VNA Health Group representative about stress or heart disease prevention, please call us at 800-400-0981.

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