In addition to the rise in blood pressure, prolonged stress has other health effects:
Stress promotes the formation of a layer that clogs the arteries.
Stress causes changes in the brain that can contribute to problems such as anxiety, depression, and addictions.
Stress also seems to be linked to the onset of obesity, as it causes a person to eat more and
reduce both sleep and exercise, both of which are significant factors in weight management.
According to one study, work stress and lack of sleep are a dangerous combination with high blood pressure. According to the study, stress and lack of sleep can even triple the risk of dying from cardiovascular disease if a person also has high blood pressure.