Stress and anger are a part of life. However, the body's reaction to uncontrolled stress and anger is a risk factor for heart disease. When the body senses danger, it releases epinephrine, a hormone that makes the heart beat faster and the body ready for action. People who are stressed all the time, also secrete a hormone called cortisol. This hormone raises blood pressure and causes the body to retain fluids. Together, these circulating hormones place more stress on your heart.

Resources

Learn more about stress and how to control it from the above topics. For more information about techniques to manage stress, contact the resources below.

Cleveland Clinic's Department of Psychology Stress Management Program

Phone: 216.444.6115

Toll-free: 800.223.2273 ext. 46115

Center for Integrative Medicine Clinical Practice Phone: 216.986.HEAL (4325)

American Heart Association*

Cleveland Clinic Health Information Library

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Reviewed: 12/13

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