When Money Hurts, Literally- The Connection between Stress and Heart Problems

Contributor:

Clinton Gordon (Sales Development Specialist)

Finance related worry can cause undue stress and anxiety on the heart and lead to health issues such as depression and heart diseases. Throughout daily activities, the heart is constantly at work and sometimes takes cues from our actions to supply different areas with vital services. When we think about money, the heart is required to transport chemicals through the blood stream to the brain to help with the decision making processes.

The heart is designed to cope with the transportation of these chemicals, which are mostly triggered by emotions such as stress, fear and anxiety. Despite the heart’s capabilities of supplying these various chemicals to the extremities, it should only do so in short intervals and not on a continued and frequent basis.

At any given time, the body is experiencing some form of stress, whether it is eustress (Eustress means beneficial stress – either psychological, physical (e.g. exercise) or biochemical/radiological (hormesis). The term stress was coined by endocrinologist Hans Selye, consisting of the Greek prefix eu- meaning “good”, and stress, literally meaning “good stress”.), acute stress or chronic stress. Either of these may affect the body and the heart in a positive or negative way. This is evident when money and finances are added to the equation.

 

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Winning the lottery, inheriting money or receiving a huge commission will see the body experiencing acute stress, which is quite prevalent in situations of shock, pressure or anticipated demands. Likewise, thinking about lifestyle conditions and retirement, ascertaining the next tuition or saving to purchase a home or car can trigger eustress, which fuels the drive to work harder and push for a desired outcome. [Whenever your goal is considered or visualized and you get that drive to work at achieving it.] Try not to cross over into episodic stress which is ceaseless worrying, and has been inadvertently linked to coronary heart disease through high blood pressure, diabetes and other health issues.

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Chronic stress has developed a reputation of being dangerous and unhealthy, it is brought on by long exposures to negative and worrying factors like poverty, unfulfilled careers, fear of job loss, unproductivity or anxiety brought on by fear of ever present creditors.  The financial fears and anxiety triggered by these responses may also be heightened by the knowledge that careless or reckless money management is the main cause. Chronic stress will remain as long as the financial woes are present. It has  been linked to a coroner’s list of items such as:

  • Heart Disease
  • High Blood pressure
  • High Cholesterol
  • Type ll Diabetes
  • Depression

The taxing effect caused by financial miscues and bad practices can trigger the stressors which lead to myriad health issues including heart disease and ultimately fatal outcomes.

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