“I made an autopsy in order to ascertain the cause of so peaceful a death, and found that it proceeded from weakness through the failure of blood and of the artery that feeds the heart and the other lower members, which I found to be very dry, shrunken and withered.” – Leonardo da Vinci
Emotional stress can directly affect your blood vessels. Even the normal stress that you experience in everyday life can cause a temporary worsening in your vascular function, through hormonal changes in your bloodstream. With chronic emotional stress, these temporary changes can persist. Chronic stress can also cause increased inflammation, which is associated with an elevated risk of atherosclerosis.