• 15 JUL 20
    Psychosocial stress increases the risk of developing cardiovascular disease

    Psychosocial stress increases the risk of developing cardiovascular disease

    Now that little by little “normality” comes after these months of confinement and the covid-19 pandemic is still present, its consequences are beginning to be seen more and more clearly. This is the case of post-traumatic stress, which has increased due to the situations experienced by the population in recent months, according to the study “El COVID 19: Impacto psicológico en los seres humanos” (“COVID 19: Psychological impact on human beings”), published in the Arbitrated Interdisciplinary Journal of Health Sciences “SALUD Y VIDA”.

    Various specialists, including Dr. Gómez Doblas, head of the heart area at Vithas Xanit International hospital, warn us of the importance of keeping stress under control, since it can be the trigger for cardiovascular diseases, increasing the risk if we suffer stress continuously.

    According to Dr. Gómez Doblas, “Stress is a feeling of physical or emotional tension and currently affects a high percentage of the population. The intense reactions it causes are associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular disease”.

    Furthermore, he adds that “numerous studies have shown the important role of stress in the progression of these pathologies, especially as a trigger for acute cardiovascular diseases such as a heart attack or an arrhythmia.”

    Unlike other risk factors for cardiovascular diseases, such as hypertension, diabetes, obesity or cholesterol, psychosocial stress is related to numerous factors: interpersonal relationships, economic problems, employment, personal or family health, etc.

    Stress also indirectly affects cardiovascular diseases or the complication of some if already suffered, through the adoption of unfavorable lifestyles: decreased self-care, alcohol or tobacco use, delays in seeking care for symptoms of acute cardiac events, reduced adherence to prescribed medicines, or decreased likelihood of adherence to lifestyle changes.

    Tips for diagnosing stress

    As explains Vanesa Tejón, a psychologist at Vithas Xanit International, “Stress can cause many symptoms, both physical as well as psychological and emotional. Many times those affected do not associate the signs with their own stress and it is important to recognize this disorder, which, if not controlled, can contribute to many health problems, such as high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity and diabetes”.

    Although it is not always easy to determine, some factors and symptoms that may indicate that we suffer from stress are, among others:

    • Tension headache, caused by muscle tension that we exert on the head, jaw, neck…
    • Bad memory.
    • Diarrhea or constipation.
    • Lack of energy.
    • Lack of concentration.
    • Changes in behavior.
    • Disorders such as anxiety and/or depression
    • Changes in weight due to poor eating habits, changes in appetite, stomach problems.
    • Constant and prolonged tiredness.
    • Stiffness in the jaw and neck.
    • Insomnia or excess sleep.

    And, of course, in cases of prolonged stress, the patient may experience cardiovascular and musculoskeletal problems.

    How to reduce stress?

    To reduce stress, there are different techniques, some based on the general population, proposing a change in lifestyle in our societies, and others based on the development of resilience or human capacity to flexibly assume borderline situations and overcome them. Other measures may be the development of self-control techniques or exercise.

    Some measures we can take to reduce our stress level are the following:

    • Performing self-control and relaxation techniques.
    • Exercise practice, especially in groups, since this also provides social support. Team sports can also help.
    • Eating a good diet.
    • Sleep the necessary.
    • Try not to worry about those things that we can’t control.
    • Anticipate events that can be stressful and prepare for it in advance.
    • Set realistic goals in our lives.
    • Do leisure activities.

    Finally, if you are looking for help from a specialist to treat stress and/or cardiovascular problems, remember that at Vithas Xanit Internacional you will find the best specialists. Contact us for more information or make an appointment.

    Vithas hospitals are safe hospitals

    Vithas’ 20 hospitals are safe hospitals for patients and professionals thanks to the implementation of strict safety protocols against covid-19. Among the measures implemented, the establishment of two different circuits stands out: one for people with symptoms compatible with covid-19, and the other for other patients.

    Additionally, we supply masks and hydroalcoholic gel to all people who come to the hospital for any reason. In addition, the Group is carrying out massive virus detection tests on all personnel, who are equipped with all the necessary self-protection measures.

    A security that has always been reinforced thanks to the fact that all Vithas hospitals implement the strict protocols of the Joint Commission International, world reference body that accredits patient safety and healthcare excellence.

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Department Patient Care
Xanit International Hospital

I really appreciate and thank all the staff at Vithas Xanit International Hospital.  They certainly helped to make my stay in hospital more relaxing, and less painful than usual, in spite of my illness. I feel that I have just come out of a charming small hotel rather than a large hospital.


Medical Specialities

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    At Vithas Xanit we offer the most advanced technology for hair transplantation surgery and for non surgical treatments. We attend both men and women, suffering from any capillary loss, either on the scalp or in any other body area (beard, moustache, eyebrows or eyelashes).

  • Cosmetic Surgery and Anti Aging

    Cosmetic Surgery and Anti Aging

    At Hospital Vithas Xanit Internacional, the Cosmetic and Plastic Surgery Unit helps patients to feel good about themselves.
    The latest medical technology and our doctors and surgeons’ perfectionism are key factors in terms of patient satisfaction with the results of their cosmetic surgery or treatment. Liposuction, breast enlargements, rhinoplasty and tummy tucks are among the most applied treatments.

  • Dental surgery and Cosmetic Dentistry

    Dental surgery and Cosmetic Dentistry

    Our dentists carry out your dental surgery and/or dental treatment quickly and efficiently.
    At Hospital Vithas Xanit Internacional, we guarantee high quality dental treatments such as dental surgery (dental implants, sinus lift) or cosmetic dentistry treatments (dental crown, dental bridge, veneers, dentures, etc.).

  • Orthopedic Surgery and Trauma

    Orthopedic Surgery and Trauma

    Orthopedic surgery quality and prices vary from country to country and Spain combines the best of both worlds.
    The most requested health tourism orthopedic surgeries are hip replacement and knee replacement. At Hospital Vithas Xanit Internacional, these procedures are performed using arthroscopy and Minimally Invasive Techniques (MIS).

  • Heart Surgery

    Heart Surgery

    Our Vithas Xanit Cardiology Area is an international benchmark for heart diseases. It boasts cardiologist and specialist heart surgeon on conditions such as arrhythmia, implanting pacemakers, angioplasty, heart bypass, repair to the aortic valve and mitral valve, heart valve replacement and percutaneous mitral valve repair.

  • Obesity treatment and Bariatric Surgery

    Obesity treatment and Bariatric Surgery

    Obesity is considered to be one of Western countries’ major health issues and consequently the demand for bariatric surgery is on the up, particularly concerning gastric banding and gastric bypass
    Our surgeons have been widely trained in this area, with over 20 years’ experience in all bariatric surgeries. They are all done by laparoscopy.

  • Digestive Surgery – Gallbladder Surgery

    Digestive Surgery – Gallbladder Surgery

    The General Surgery and Digestive System Service at Hospital Vithas Xanit Internacional can boast the most advanced technology and latest generation equipment for treating a wide variety of digestive pathologies such as in gallbladder. This service offers advanced laparoscopy surgery as the main way of tackling most surgical pathologies.

  • Urology – TURP

    Urology – TURP

    The Hospital Vithas Xanit Internacional Urology service employs European Board of Urology-certified urologists. This unit offers patients the latest diagnosis techniques, treatments and procedures. At our International Hospital, Transurethral Resection of the Prostate (TURP) is the most frequently used technique to treat benign prostatic hyperplasia.

  • Vascular Surgery – Phlebology

    Vascular Surgery – Phlebology

    Venous insufficiency is a chronic pathology that affects one in three adults. It is characterised by a deficient blood return in the lower limbs.
    Our International Hospital medical team has wide-ranging experience in sclerotherapy with micro-foam, varicose vein removal with endovascular laser, ambulatory phlebectomy and the C.H.I.V.A technique, among others.

  • Spinal Surgery

    Spinal Surgery

    Slipped discs and spinal stenosis usually affect the lumbar and cervical spine and the spinal surgery most requested by our international patients is laminectomy, as well as arthroplasty of the intervertebral disk and spinal fusion.

  • Ophtalmology and laser eye surgery

    Ophtalmology and laser eye surgery

    Our international hospital uses a new femtosecond laser, the most technologically advanced refractive surgery system currently available. It can correct long-sightedness and refractive defects such as short sightedness, astigmatism or hypermetropia in a single operation.
    The most popular ophthalmology surgeries among our international patients are laser eye surgery, glaucoma and cataract surgery.

  • Imaging Diagnosis

    Imaging Diagnosis

    Radiology and nuclear medicine are medical specialties that focus on the diagnosis of diseases through the interpretation of images. They provide fundamental information for the Medical Check-Up Unit. At Hospital Vithas Xanit Internationalthese two specialities are integrated into a single service in order to provide the maximum reliability and diagnostic coordination.

  • Medical check up

    Medical check up

    Evolving health concepts, greater longevity and technological developments mean that it is increasingly important to detect and make an early diagnosis on diseases and prevent them.
    Therefore, periodic health check-up is the most efficient and secure way of controlling your health.

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology – Hysterectomy

    Obstetrics and Gynecology – Hysterectomy

    Various conditions might lead to a hysterectomy or uterine ablation: uterine cancer, cervical cancer, ovarian cancer, uterine fibroids, endometriosis, uterine prolapse, adenomyosis.
    This surgery can be traumatising for women and so the psychology department at Hospital Vithas Xanit Internacional helps women through this process.