The effects of stress
Stress does not directly cause heart failure, but it can contribute to it. Many people under stress find that they resort to less healthy behaviour, such as smoking, drinking too much alcohol and overeating, particularly unhealthy foods. These factors can all increase your risk of getting coronary heart disease, and hence heart failure.
If you have a lot of stress in your life, changing to a healthy diet and increasing the amount of physical activity that you do can make you feel fitter and better able to cope. Learning how to relax is also important. Some people find that doing exercise such as yoga, listening to music or other relaxation techniques are helpful.
As some of you may know me I am a typical type A individual and since my diagnosis I have worked really hard on managing stress outcomes. The way you need to look at stress is that you just need to find a different route to the solution and make it happen. I have found that I now take a lot of emotion out of decision making and get quite clinical. Not the greatest way to do things but it alleviates a lot of stress and means I don’t linger on outcome.