By Carl “Chip” Lavie, MD
Dr. Lavie discusses stress and heart disease. Physiological stress can increase heart disease risk factors including inflammation and raised blood pressure. Stress can also release hormones that can be detrimental to your health and lead to cardiovascular disease. There are 2 types of stress: acute and chronic. Acute stress can be brought upon by physical or mental factors, including during sporting events and natural disasters, and can lead to heart attacks. Stress combined with a family history does also have an impact on heart health.
Dr. Lavie practices at Ochsner Medical Center, Ochsner Health Center - Metairie, Ochsner Health Center - Slidell, and Ochsner St. Anne General Hospital.
He can be reached at (504) 842-5874.