Our body’s response to stress can include increased breathing and heart rates, tense muscles, and the release of energy-producing hormones such as adrenaline and cortisol. In the case of an immediate threat, those hormones can fuel the “flight or fight” response, but over the long term they can contribute to physical and emotional problems.
Indeed, respondents in the APA survey blamed stress for causing their irritability, fatigue, lack of energy, headaches, and upset stomachs.
Fatigue is one of the most common symptoms that sends people to a doctor, says Tracy Stevens, M.D., a cardiologist at Saint Luke’s Mid American Heart Institute in Kansas City, Mo. Another common complaint is heart palpitations–a fast heart rate, extra or skipped heartbeats, or a sensation that your heart is pounding. Following are some other ways that stress can affect your health.
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Source: Consumer Report on Health October 2012