Matters of the Heart

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Over time, stress can lead to an increased chance of having a heart attack, depression, and more. Research found that women with high-stress jobs (where they are subject to high demand with little control) were 67 percent more likely to have a hear attack than women in less-intense jobs. The analysis is based on a study including 22,086 women in the health-car field during a span of ten years.

Stress symptoms include increased breathing, tense muscles, and the ignition of "flight of fight" responses, which can contribute to physical and emotional problems over time.

When you are more stressed, you tend to make poor decision about diet. A new study of parents of adolescents found that those who reported greater difficulty balancing work and family obligations were more likely to eat fewer fruits and vegetables and choose fast food than their less-stressed peers.

Anxiety and depression are also associated with increased risk of dying from stroke, according to a study.

This article examines ways to reduce stress such as meditation and exercise. Meditation allows you to focus attention on breathing, which slows your heart rate. Exercise also releases endorphin, which can counteract the negative effects you feel when stressed.

After reading this article, it reinforces how important running is to my life! I would go insane without it!

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