Heart disease is the #1 cause of death in the U.S. for men and women. Billions are spent on medications, interventions and hospitalizations for heart related medical problems including high blood pressure, heart attacks, high cholesterol, congestive heart failure, and peripheral vascular disease. The major risk factors are male gender, obesity, diabetes, smoking, and family history of early heart disease. Many of these heart problems can be prevented through good lifestyle practices including diet, exercise, stress management and emotional well-being.
What foods are great for the heart? A Mediterranean or Asian diet is great for the heart because they contain adequate amounts of vegetable and fish. Fish is high in Omega 3 fatty acids important to raise good cholesterol which is heart protective. Other great foods are apple cider vinegar, nuts and olive oil.
The heart is our emotional love center. Fill your heart with love. Make your life one of giving and receiving love.
Aromatherapy: Use essential oils to bring a sense of wellbeing, relaxation and peace.
Exercise: Aerobic & Anaerobic, Tai Chi, Pilates
Yoga, Stretching, Strength Training
Stress Mgmt: Have a plan to deal with stress–> meditation, prayer, walking, music, pets, bath, mini-vacation
*Consider counseling for anger issues, resentment, and emotional baggage (all create inner tension)
- Healing from the heart Dr. Mehmet Oz
- The Heart Speaks Dr. Mimi Guarneri
- The Healthy Heart Miracle Dr. Gabe Mirkin and Diana Mirkin
- The Okinawa Diet Plan Bradley Wilcox
- The Mediterranean Heart Diet Helen V. Fisher