Along with more quantifiable, proven factors like obesity and smoking, stress can also contribute to cardiovascular disease, but the exact correlation has yet to be proven. Recent research has focused on the amygdala, the small part of the brain that processes emotion and triggers the fight-or-flight reaction to situations of perceived danger. This can lead to increased white blood cell production, which can in turn cause inflammation of the arteries. However, stress relief practices like yoga and meditation can help prevent or reverse this process.
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