Video by Jenny, text by Dr. Carandang
Hi. It’s Jenny at AnxietyBoss.com. Our question today is from Carla in Parsippany, New Jersey. Can stress or anxiety cause chest pain?
Yes, panic attacks can present with chest pain. However, many people with chest pains think it may be more serious and potentially fatal, like a heart attack. People with chest pain can’t be blamed for thinking that they may be having a heart attack. Chest pain can be frightening and it’s something that you can’t ignore. The problem with chest pain and other pain is that many people resort to over the counter painkillers, and the side effects can range from gastrointestinal complaints, bleeding, nausea, stomach ulcers, liver problems, suppression of immune system, and others.
Stress can have negative consequences for our health, and living in the 21st Century can expose us to unhealthy doses of it. But can stress or anxiety cause chest pain and can it be blamed for many other serious diseases of our modern times?
Persistently elevated levels of stress hormones like adrenaline and cortisol cause your heart to pound faster and your blood pressure to rise. These stress hormones can also suppress your immune system, increase blood sugar, contribute to obesity, decrease sex drive, produce acne, and more.
Stress becomes unhealthy if it continues unchecked. The symptoms of stress such as an upset stomach, insomnia, lack of concentration, anxiety and feeling unable to cope can impact the way you act in the classroom or at the office. The irritable reactions from friends and colleagues can worsen the situation. If you are feeling overwhelmed with stress, simple solutions such as eating correctly, exercising, and getting enough sleep can go a long way in reducing your stress levels.
Relaxation techniques such as yoga and deep breathing can also ease away tension. Getting rid of stress may involve changing the way that you communicate. Counseling can help because you can speak your mind and at the same time get some professional help on changing the way that you deal with stress.