Is anxiety taking a toll on your heart?


In this article:

  • The effects of short-term anxiety vs. long-term stress on your health.

  • Chronic anxiety can contribute to heart disease.

  • A Providence cardiologist walks us through this infographic’s breakdown of the different ways anxiety and stress can affect your heart.

Everyone feels anxious now and then. Piecing together all the components of your life isn’t always easy, and it’s only natural to get a little stressed when everything doesn’t fit together the way you envisioned it would.

Chronic anxiety, however, is different. If you experience extreme anxiety for an extended period of time, it can change the way your body responds to stress and negatively affect your health and your heart.

Find a doctor

When anxiety and stress start to affect your health, talk to your doctor. You can find a Providence cardiologist using our provider directory

Through Providence Express Care Virtual, you can also access a full range of healthcare services. 

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

About the Author

The Providence Heart & Vascular Team is committed to bringing you many years of expertise and experience to help you understand how to prevent, treat and recover from cardiovascular diseases and conditions. From tips to eating better to exercise and everything in between, our clinical experts know how to help you help your heart.

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