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Can stress cause angina?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

Increased stress can be one cause of angina. Stress can make your blood pressure go up, and high blood pressure is a risk factor for angina because it can harm arteries and make them more likely to develop atherosclerosis. Some hormones that are released in response to stress can also cause narrowing of the arteries. Some people may also smoke cigarettes or eat unhealthy foods to help deal with stress, both of which increase the risk of angina.

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