My Moods and My Heart

HappyAndSadHeartsI have been wondering what laughter and sadness—up and down moods—can do to my heart. My emotions surely affect my heart in ways that are good, or maybe not so good. I’ve always assumed that positive moods help my heart and negative moods hurt it. But, I decided to look online for enlightenment about moods and heart health.

One surprise was finding Laughter Online University. I love the site name! It explains that laughing helps blood vessel function by stretching the vessels with increased blood flow—keeping the circulation flexible and increasing oxygen in the blood. After reading that, I plan to see more funny movies and read more comical writing. Continue reading

Heart and Fitness

HeartAndFitnessCLEANI know my heart and fitness are completely entwined. It’s abundantly clear to me that taking care of one takes care of the other; neglecting one neglects the other.

My life experiences continue to expand my awareness of the oneness of both. I am becoming increasingly convinced that I cannot make the most of my heart health and my fitness by myself—I know I need others to support my efforts to boost them. Continue reading

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

Time Change and the Heart

HeartWithClockHandsThe weather is very nippy now and daylight seem more brief. That makes me wonder what effect daylight saving time changes has on the heart. I don’t know if the heart works harder or it’s refreshed by these clock adjustments that direct our days. So, I went to my trusty source for information that might be accurate or might not be accurate—the Internet. And I looked up “less daylight and the heart” and “daylight saving time and the heart.” Here’s what I found. 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