Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death and/or disability for men and women in the U.S. today. Physical risk factors include inactivity, obesity, tobacco and excessive alcohol use, high blood pressure and cholesterol, and poor diet.
Mental-health factors that have been linked to heart disease are overt levels of stress and/or hostility/anger. Studies show that stress hormones like adrenaline and cortisol increase the risk of heart attack and stroke by raising blood pressure, clotting blood more rapidly, and speeding the growth of plaques within the coronary arteries - interfering with blood flow to the heart. Hostile reactions can trigger higher-than-normal adrenaline surges, further exacerbating the situation.
Awareness is half the battle; at times those facing such risks may benefit from support in creating a healthier lifestyle through new choices. Given that stress, frustration and anger are normal feelings and experiences, the solution lies in HOW the individual may process these emotions in new ways, as well as creating healthier lifestyle choices related to diet, exercise and overall life perspective. I work with clients to create positive change to instill a sense of hope and empowerment that will last a lifetime.
The Integrative Counseling Office of
Catherine Daniels-Landeros, MS, LMFT