Friday, March 16, 2012

Stress and Blood pressure

When you are exposed to stress or feel that you are in danger, part of the brain called the hypothalamus (where the nerve centers that regulate body temperature, appetite, water balance, carbohydrate and fat metabolism, blood pressure and sleep), includes a series of actions that and prepares you for flight or fight for their lives. Part of the response to stress are more frequent and tighter heart rate, causing the rise in blood pressure. In chronic (prolonged) stress, blood vessels, "compressed" and smaller in diameter.
As a result, the resistance increases, further increasing blood pressure. Studies have shown that residents of areas with high crime is more prevalent hypertension
High blood pressure - only one of the side effects of stress. Long-term or repeated stress leads to depression, increased risk of diabetes and / or peptic ulcers (gastric and duodenal ulcers), reducing the level of sex hormones and the general decrease in the ability of the immune system to fight disease. Platelets can become more "sticky" than they should be putting you at greater risk of cardiac disorders. The balance of chemicals the body after the stress is usually restored. But when too much stress, the levels of these substances in the gaps can "hang" on the stress marks, corresponding to the high speed of the body, keeping you constantly elevated blood pressure and putting a greater risk of heart disorders, ulcers and other complications.

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