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As February is all about L.O.V.E., let’s talk about heart health.
Heart disease is the leading cause of death for women in Australia and globally. Women are less likely to survive their first heart attack than men and it doesn’t always feel the same in women as it does in men. Many women experience vague or even “silent” unusual symptoms that they may miss.
Some symptoms are
- Neck, jaw, shoulder or upper back discomfort or pain
- Shortness of breath
- Pain in one or both arms
- Nausea or vomiting
- Breaking into a cold sweat
- Light-headedness or dizziness
- Unusual fatigue or weakness
- Heartburn (indigestion) or upper belly (abdomen) discomfort
- Sleep disturbance
DO YOU KNOW…
there's an intimate connection between emotional health and heart disease? Negative emotions can be a risk factor for the outcome of coronary heart disease (CHD).
Some additional factors other than the usual high blood pressure, cholesterol and excess weight may play a greater role in the onset of heart disease in women.
These can include:
- Emotional stress and depression affect women’s hearts more than men’s. Your body also produces higher levels of cortisol (the stress hormone) and over time this can lead to heart disease.
- Menopause – low levels of estrogen after menopause increase the risk of developing disease in smaller blood vessels.
- Pregnancy complications – preeclampsia or gestational diabetes can increase the mother’s long-term risk of high blood pressure and diabetes. These add to the risk of heart disease.
- Family history of early heart disease – this appears to be a greater risk factor in women than in men.
- Inflammatory diseases – rheumatoid arthritis, lupus and other inflammatory conditions may increase the risk of heart disease in both men and women (this is because the thymus gland is located just above the heart which plays an important role in helping the body fight infections).
Women of all ages should take heart disease seriously.
Promote healthy hearts
It’s important to follow through on making wise choices with well-known lifestyle medicine (e.g. what you eat & drink, how much exercise and sleep you get, not smoking & minimizing alcohol intake) – ideally to prevent damage or to help restore heart health but also the quality of your relationships, your mental state and the power of your mind play a significant role.
Having heart trouble may mean “taking everything to the heart” or “taking things too seriously”.
Integrative ❤️ Care
As the heart is the emotional centre – all about love and the flow and exchange of emotional sharing between us and all others, an essential component for heart health entails healing the emotional heart. Our heart is a highly intelligent muscle, which goes way beyond the physical. It is a living breathing spiritual and emotionally intelligent organ. The heart literally can feel like it will burst with love and yet it can feel like breaking with the loss of love.
Stress is a major factor that links together the emotional and physical aspects of heartache. Many with heart problems connect love with emotional pain caused by feeling trapped in a rejecting, ungiving relationship or emotional loss creating suppressed or unresolved grief, sadness and hurt. These are all “wounds of the heart” which create a feeling of heavy-heartedness. (Previous generations had ‘broken heart’ listed as their cause of death.)
HEAL THYSELF - be empowered & own your own health (don’t rely on a doc to make you better)
Be real – reflect on old wounds inherited from family relationships and come to terms with them compassionately (ie let sh!t go…) and move on yourself… you don’t have to put up with what doesn’t feel right…
Trust your instincts – fear is not your friend… be brave and follow through
Practice self-care and love your body up, from a good bath or a nurturing massage to yoga poses opening the heart area (all of these can achieve results with gentle backbends)
Work with the breath to balance your energy – observe it, play with it with breathing exercises. Go deep to the belly…
Drop in some essential oils – Rose, geranium, neroli, ylang ylang, jasmine, bergamot (diffuse, inhale or apply to heart centre). If not using Young Living essential oils, please dilute with a quality vegetable oil to prevent possible skin reactions. (if you are keen to try some Young Living essential oils – just reach out!)
Add some flower essence – Rescue Remedy is a wonderful tonic for stress. It contains Impatients (teaches empathy, patience and understanding); Star of Bethlehem (helps with trauma, sorrow & shock); Cherry Plum (for those who fear loss of control); Rock Rose (helps to calm feelings of panic); Clematis (helps with being grounded & centered with whatever is going on).
Cultivate self-compassion and acceptance, especially with regard to your emotions and body.
Engage in activities that feed your heart. Connect with nature.
Express your gratitude – even if it’s in silence; you can be grateful for the presence of other people in your life or simply for good things that make your life easier and happier.