Heart Blog

HeartBlogI have been thinking a lot about heart topics lately. So many aspects of heart have value. We can’t have life without heart in all its forms—the vital cardiac pump, the love and care among us, and the many expressions of centeredness.

For inspiration and guidance, I read other blogs for their authors’ thoughts on things related to heart. Several resonate with me, and one stands out—the Dr. John M Blog at drjohnm.org. It is written by Doctor John Mandrola, a practicing cardiac electrophysiologist in Louisville, Kentucky. He diagnoses and treats people with heart rhythm disorders. And he has a special connection to them—he has a heart rhythm issue, too. Continue reading

Cold Weather and the Heart

SnowHeartBrrr! The weather is becoming brisk and fall chill is in the air. Winter is near! This change of season makes me wonder—how does my “ticker” respond to cold outdoor temperatures? I went online to find out. In a WebMD forum article, a cardiologist answered this question by stating “… cold, especially extreme cold, can affect the heart by constricting the coronary arteries, and overall stress from the cold may/can lead to symptoms such as an irregular heartbeat (arrhythmia).” Reading that made me want to bundle up in blankets.  Continue reading

Anger and the Heart

AngryHeartLately, I have been hearing about how anger affects health. That got me wondering what it does to heart health.

I know anger can’t be eliminated from life, even though many of us would choose that. All of us feel frustration and irritation with the stuff of our lives. We get upset with slow traffic, actions of others, and other difficult circumstances. After reading information about this online I learned that anger is a normal emotion, but too much of it can be be harmful. Continue reading

A Broken Heart Can Kill

BrokenHeartOver the years, I have heard that a broken heart can be fatal. That is sad to know, so I want to learn more.

WebMD explains a condition called broken heart syndrome or stress cardiomyopathy. It results from the body’s response to severe stress or trauma. The condition resembles a heart attack so closely it is hard for anyone to tell the difference, but it can equally endanger life.  Continue reading