February Is American Heart Month: Stress Reduction

February is American Heart month where the American Heart Association encourages us to take control of our cardiovascular health.  One of the most powerful ways to take control is to understand cardiovascular disease, stroke and hypertension, and how to keep your heart healthy.  As the saying goes, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”  With education we are able to best understand prevention.

One of the leading factors of hypertension, which can lead to heart attacks if not managed properly, is stress.  There is no doubt that due to the current pandemic, we are all undergoing an increased stress load.  According to Dr. Rachel M. Bond, the system Director of Heart Health at Dignity Health in Arizona, ‘“Although stress and anxiety are common – and we’ve had more than our fair share of both in 2020 – chronic stress and anxiety can be dangerous for our heart health”’

While we may not be able to control the stress surrounding the pandemic, we may be able to better manage other sources of stress.  For instance, our partners at Safeopedia recently released some helpful information regarding managing workplace stress. Click the button below to learn more.