The Effects of Stress on Blood Vessels
- Posted on: Dec 15 2018
Scientific research conducted throughout recent years has confirmed numerous ways in which our physical health can be affected by stress. With every study report, we learn important details about stress and the human body. This enables us to not only recognize risks to our health but also to find ways to guard it. Here, we discuss the impact of stress on the blood vessels and the overall circulation of the blood.
Details of Research
In one study, researchers suggested a connection between chronic stress and the development of blood clots. This connection involves the studied increase in blood coagulation during extended periods of stress. Coagulation is the process through which blood transforms from a liquid to a gel. We need the blood to clot in some instances, such as when the skin has been scraped or cut. Internally, though, a thicker blood consistency can lead to problems.
In combination with blood coagulation, research has also made it clear that a heightened state of anxiety increases blood pressure. This means that the heart is pumping blood more quickly through the body, but that blood is thicker and slower to move. These two characteristics can place significant physical stress on the veins.
Managing Stress for Better Vein Health
Stress has not yet been listed as a contributing factor in the development of varicose veins. However, people with existing varicose veins or clotting issues may want to take note of their typical emotional state. Stress management will not get rid of varicose veins, only a proven vein treatment like sclerotherapy can do that. At The Vein Clinic in Columbia, SC, patients can explore several treatment options to close poorly-functioning veins.
Even before vein treatment, strategies for stress management can be implemented. Tips include:
- Learn to recognize your baseline stress level and situations that increase it.
- Allow yourself to say no to activities and tasks that create the feeling of being “under pressure.”
- Use a smartphone app designed for meditation, breathing, or other stress-reduction techniques.
- Get regular exercise to achieve the necessary physical release to reduce stress.
The team in our practice can help you reduce the stress related to varicose and spider veins. Contact us at (803) 253-8667 to schedule the appropriate vein treatment to improve your comfort level and cosmetic appearance.