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What effect does stress have on the body?

Clinical Nurse Practitioner Jennifer Phlipot discusses the effect of stress on the body. Click play to watch the video or read the transcript


Stress has a variety of effects on the body – some good, but mostly bad, according to the National Institutes of HealthOff Site Icon (NIH).

In emergency situations, stress helps our bodies rev up to increase activity and increase survival, according to the NIH. The instant stress makes your pulse quicken, makes you breathe faster, tenses your muscles, provides your brain more oxygen and increases your activity level.

Chronic stress, however, decreases the function of your digestive, excretory and reproductive systems, according to the NIH.

Stress, according to The American Institute of StressOff Site Icon (AIS), can also affect:

  • Breathing – Increased stress can make you breathe harder, which can cause some people to hyperventilate and can even start panic attacks.
  • Cardiovascular system – Repeated stress can cause inflammation of the coronary arteries, which can lead to a heart attack.
  • Muscles – Your muscles tense up, and the contraction for long periods can cause tension headaches, migraines and other conditions.

Finding ways to reduce stress in your life is the most healthy option for your body overall.

Talk with your doctor for more information about how stress affects your body.

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Source: Ann DeClue, MD, Ann DeClue MD; Joseph Leithold, MD, Woodcroft Family Practice; Jennifer Philpot, CNP, Stillwater Family Care; Angelia Mickle, DNP, Jamestown Family Medicine