How stress can affect the circulatory system



The release of stress hormones can be triggered by stress like cortisol. The body can prepare for a fight due to these hormones and this leads to increase in heart rate.

Increased Heart Rate

Narrowed blood vessels and heart rate can lead to elevated blood pressure. Chronic stress is the main cause of high blood pressure which is a risk factor of cardiac diseases.

Elevated Blood Pressure

Blood vessels can constrict due to stress which can also reduce the flow of blood to specific parts of body. 


The digestive system can also be affected by stress, which potentially can lead to conditions like irritable bowel syndrome. The circulatory system can be impacted due to gastrointestinal issues.

Gastrointestinal Effects

Sometimes chronic stress disrupts the patterns of sleep. Poor sleep is due to different cardiac issues, including hypertension and an increased risk of heart disease. 

Sleep Disruption

Some individuals with stress can lead to emotional eating and this can contribute to obesity and weight gain. Both are the main risk factors for cardiovascular diseases.

Emotional Eating

Stress can impact lifestyle choices such as excessive consumption of smoking and alcohol, which are known risk factors for cardiovascular diseases.

Lifestyle Choices