Six ways chronic pain affects your heart

Like it or not, pain plays an important role in your life. Not in an angsty, “life is pain” kind of way, but as a signal to your nervous system that your body is not functioning properly.

Pain is your body’s way of letting you know something’s wrong. It often accompanies an injury like a back sprain or broken bone. It can result from an illness or health condition. In most cases, it fades as your body heals.

Chronic pain, on the other hand, is pain that persists for more than 12 weeks—often for months or even years. There is not always a clear cause.

Chronic pain can cause multiple health problems including excessive fatigue, disrupted sleep, and depression. Here’s a look at six ways it can affect your heart specifically.

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Don’t let pain put a strain on your heart. Find a doctor at Providence.org that can help you determine the cause of your pain and offer solutions that bring relief. Search for a doctor in our regional directory or find a location near you:

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This information is not intended as a substitute for professional medical care. Always follow your healthcare professional's instructions.

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