The cortisol you release from stress damages your heart

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Stress is known as the disease of the 21st century because there are many situations that trigger pressure for prolonged times, whether for work, family, economic reasons or an accident with friends, and even for minimal reasons. 

However, wanting to do everything and at the same time not being able to do anything is counterproductive: in addition to affecting the mental plane, the body is also involved, mainly the heart.

The cortisol is a hormone that helps to recover from stress and remain in a state of homeostasis (balance) appropriate; However, when it increases, it chronically affects health, causing cardiovascular risk effects such as metabolic syndrome and its components and accelerated atherosclerosis.

A study published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, assessed for six years the properties of the urine of 861 random people in Italy, over 65 years of age and through a sample (excluding those suffering from kidney failure), to measure cortisol levels, also known as the stress hormone.

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They were divided into groups of three. Those with the most entrenched stress hormone were five times more likely to suffer from cardiovascular disease that could end their life.

Unfortunately, 186 patients died throughout the study period, 41 of them due to strokes and heart attacks, in which it was clearly observed that high amounts of stress were present. It is very important to know that any situation that seems to have no solution should be taken carefully and think before stressing, as it could lead to death.