To start supporting Tandra’s statements, we
must first understand what is stress and what is CHD, before being able to
relate to how it relates to each other.
Firstly, what is stress? This word, is commonly
used and heard coming throughout the mouth of people of all walks of life.
Starting as early as young children to Millennials, not forgetting the Gen X
and Baby boomers. Stress, as understood, refers to an emotional and mental
tension felt by an individual due to situations that are difficult to handle
properly, and usually cannot be solved easily thus, affecting one’s wellbeing
When a human body is facing stress, it goes
through a reaction which is called the hyperarousal or the acute stress
response. This reaction is also most commonly known as the flight-or-fight
response. During this reaction, many chemicals within the body is released to,
like the term’s name, to prepare for a “fight” or to take “flight”
Out of the many chemicals that are released,
I found out that Cortisol is one of them. The cortisol has many roles in the
body, with providing the body with glucose and influencing blood pressure being
a crucial part to this study. How exactly it influences the blood pressure is because
of the constant and increased production of glucose, which results in an
increased blood sugar levels.
Before we move on to discuss on exactly how
exactly stress relates to CHD, we now know Stress leads to an increase in
cortisol levels which leads to an elevated blood pressure level.
Now, the blood pressure level that is considered
normal for the average human being would be 120/80. In a blood pressure
reading, there are 2 terms, systolic being the top number and diastolic being
the bottom number. What each of it is telling you is the top number refers to
the maximum level of pressure while beating and the bottom number refers to the
amount of pressure in the arteries between beats.
It is reportedly known that the increase
will push the blood pressure to readings ranging from 130/80 to readings of
140/90 and above. Such readings are the readings of a stage 1 and stage 2 high blood
When the blood pressure reaches the
readings ranging from 130/80 to readings of 140/90, it actually “overworks” the
blood vessels. What would be going on in the blood vessels is that the coronary
arteries that are in charge of the heart becomes narrowed slowly due to the
accumulation fat, cholesterol and other substances which all makes up plaque