Excessive levels of stress hormones linked to high blood pressure, cardiovascular events. A new study shows that higher levels of stress hormones such as norepinephrine, epinephrine, dopamine, and cortisol may increase a person’s risk of hypertension.
Stress is a feeling of emotional or physical tension. Stressors lead to the body’s stress response and the experience of stress. The stress response includes the release of certain hormones.
Researchers are still exploring the effect of this stress response and the effect of stress on long-term health complications.
A new study suggests that higher levels of stress hormones may be associated with the risk of high blood pressure and cardiovascular events.
The research is published in Hypertension, an American Heart Association journal.
When a person is under stress, the body develops higher levels of these hormones. These stress responses can lead to short-term, longer-term stress or continued exposure to stress can cause health problems.
The research was carried out by scientists from the University of California in Los Angeles.
The study found a link between higher levels of stress hormones in the urine and a greater risk of high blood pressure.
“This study demonstrated that elevated stress hormones were associated with an increased risk of developing high blood pressure and an increased risk of overall cardiovascular events. It further adds to our appreciation of the fact that we, as healthcare professionals, must pay attention to not only the heart and the patient but also to the mind and the person as a whole,” cardiology specialist Dr. Glenn N. Levine said.