Stress can increase the risk of heart disease. The body’s response to stress is supposed to protect
you. However, it can cause more harm when it is constant. The body releases a hormone called
Cortisol when a person is stressed. High levels of cortisol in the body lead to an increase in
blood sugar, cholesterol, blood pressure, and triglycerides, which are common risk factors for
heart diseases. Stress is also dangerous because it can lead to the development of plaque in the
blood vessels. The plaque may then lead to blockage of the arteries and veins that supply the
heart with blood and in so doing heart conditions will result. Minor stress also triggers heart
problems such as interference of blood flow to the heart muscles that may affect the pumping
mechanism of the heart leading to heart disease. Nutrition is also an important factor in the
development of heart diseases. For instance, an uncontrolled intake of fats and cholesterol may
lead to the development of plaque that will block the blood vessels hence leading to heart
Why would Keisha be concerned about her health screening results now rather than later
Keisha should be concerned with her screening results now more than ever because health
problems usually develop as time goes by. They may develop from being minor conditions to
becoming major conditions that may be life-threatening. It is, therefore, better to deal with the
condition when it is still in its initial stages. She is at risk of developing a heart disease, which is
a situation that she is supposed to put into consideration as a way of saving her life.
Typically, men have been the focus of heart attack prevention campaigns, while breast
cancer awareness programs have been directed at women. Why do you think this is?
Men have been the focus of heart attack because they are at a larger risk of developing the
disease more than their female counterparts. Men are also predisposed to stress, and they lack
stress management skills, which makes them be at risk of heart diseases. Similarly, breast cancer
awareness is directed towards women because they are at a higher risk of developing the disease.
There are more breast cancer cases among women more than the cases in their male counterparts.
What steps can and should you take to become more aware of heart disease either for
yourself or your family/friends?
The first step to take to be aware of heart disease is reading widely about the disease and
understanding its cause and how to prevent it. The reading will also provide information on how
to treat the disease in case one is living with it. After reading about the disease, it is wise to share
the information with family and friends to make them aware of it. The other way is to talk to the
doctors and the health educators about it. Such people can provide the necessary lessons and
advice about how to protect oneself from the disease and how to protect the other people that we
are related to as a way of improving the health of the people in the society.