Understanding How Stress Affects the Body – American Heart Association

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Feeling stressed out? It can have lasting effects on your health and well-being. But luckily, you can manage stress and its symptoms to help you feel better.
A 2022 American Psychological Association survey found that a whopping 76% of respondents reported experiencing at least one symptom of stress over the past month. And stressors from the COVID-19 pandemic only made matters worse.
Sometimes we stress over good things, such as a new job, an upcoming wedding or a new baby. And other times, we stress over not-so-good things such as being sick, working too much or family drama.
When you are stressed, your body releases cortisol and other stress hormones. If this bodily response to stress goes on for a long period of time, it can put you at risk for certain health conditions, such as:
De-stressing can be easy and fun. Which stress-busting strategy are you going to try?
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Last Reviewed: Feb 8, 2024

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