High levels of stress hormones may raise risk of hypertension, cardiovascular disease

  • The body’s hormonal response to experiencing stress is a natural function that humans and animals have in common.
  • Excessive levels of stress hormones, such as norepinephrine, epinephrine, dopamine, and cortisol can adversely affect people’s health.
  • A new study suggests that higher levels of stress hormones may have links to an increased risk of high blood pressure and cardiovascular events.

Written by Jessica Norris on September 14, 2021 — Fact checked by Rita Ponce, Ph.D.

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