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Does Anxiety Affect Your Heart?

Does Anxiety Affect Your Heart?

Anxiety is your body’s natural response to stress. Although this is natural, many people are subjected to an anxiety disorder which refers to specific psychiatric disorders that involve extreme fear or worry. There are a lot of people who don’t understand anxiety or the many effects it has on a person’s overall health.

Some Types of Anxiety Disorders

  • Social Anxiety Disorder: heightened or extreme fear of judgment from others in a social setting.
  • Panic Disorder: suffering from panic attacks or fear of the next panic attack.
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD): a condition of anxiety following or triggered by a traumatic event.

Some Symptoms of Anxiety

  • Increased Heart Rate
  • Increased Blood Pressure
  • Difficulty Concentrating
  • Insomnia

Anxiety on the Heart

Anxiety can be so intense, in some cases, that it speeds up the heart rate to an unhealthy pace, interfering with normal function causing an increase in the risk of sudden cardiac arrest. This disorder could also lead to high blood pressure which, if continuous, can lead to a weakening in the heart muscle and heart failure.

Look sis, I’m not trying to scare you and I promise that just because you have an anxiety disorder it does not mean that these things are happening to your heart, but you should talk to your physician. You might think you can handle your anxiety on your own but sometimes asking for a little help is the way to go, especially now that you know some of the effects it can have on your heart. Talk to your physician and be safe.

You read some of the effects, so now it’s up to you. Talk to your physician about it. Your health is important, my loves! To learn more about heart and mental health, please follow Black Girl Health on Instagram and our blog.

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Dominique Bynum
Health and Wellness Contributor

Dominique is a writer who has a passion for fitness, health, beauty and more. She loves researching these things in order to live a better lifestyle and is excited to help you live one too!

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