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Many Studies have shown that excessive levels of stress hormones can greatly increase chances of developing hypertension and cardiovascular disease. Excessive stress hormones can also lead to very high blood pressure. Long term stress and some stress responses can also effect the body.

Long term stress and chronic stress can lead to severe heart issues such as strokes and heart attacks. This is due to high blood pressure created by the amount of stress the body is undergoing. High levels of stress can also negatively effect physical health due to some individuals turning to unhealthy coping mechanisms.

The research had 412 participants who had no hypertension prior to the study. After the 6.5 year study, the researchers concluded that 48% of the adults developed high blood pressure. Also, after an 11 year follow-up 5% of the participants experienced some sort of cardiovascular event.