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Since We’re On The Theme Of Love…

I thought I would chime in. Take the time to read the article below on heart health, that was written by a medical doctor. Not once did she mention taking drugs to make your heart risk go down. Not once did she focus on the contents of the blood and the medication to reduce them. Not once did she mention genetics and cardiovascular screening. She said on word…”Love”. Dr. Levi


Modern Life Takes a Toll on Our Hearts


Mimi Guarneri, M.D.

We all know that eating loads of saturated fat and leading a sedentary lifestyle can be damaging to our hearts, but today’s supercharged lifestyle replete with BlackBerries, cell phones, sky-high mortgage payments, and seven-day work weeks can also wreak havoc on our hearts.

What aspects of modern life are bad for our hearts?

Everything. The new definition of normal is going to work every day in a car that is not paid for so you can pay for the house that you never get to use because you are always at work. We are stressed out to say the least. Not to be doom and gloom, but this so- called modern life is not conducive to health. Today, people are so focused on mergers and acquisitions and the accumulation of things that the question becomes when is enough, enough. Sometimes our body has to put the brakes on for us with a big heart attack.

How is having a BlackBerry or iPhone bad for the heart?

Today there is constant bombardment with emails, faxes, and BlackBerries. It’s nonstop. We are forced to make split-second decisions because we don’t have time to think. It’s extremely stressful and as a result, we are flooded with stress hormones. The release of stress hormones like adrenalin and cortisol can increase the risk of having a heart attack.

That’s scary. What can we do to prevent this from happening?

Start by thinking about the heart physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Physical care involves choosing the right foods and exercising. That’s the easy part. The emotional aspect involves asking yourself if you are stressed, depressed, anxious, or angry. And the deeper, spiritual issue is asking yourself ‘who am I [and] what is my purpose?’

If eating right and exercising is the easy part, why don’t people do it?

People know how to eat and they know they need to exercise, but they are making poor choices mostly driven by stress and depression. They think: ‘I am depressed, so why exercise?’ Or: ‘I am stressed, so I will have four martinis.’

What is the most important thing we can do for our hearts?

Remember that you are love — and be love. When you become love, you stimulate hormones that lower blood pressure, decrease heart rate, and reduce levels of stress hormones like cortisol.

How can a person be love?

Instead of looking to give love, just be love: Do something good for someone. The feeling you get when you see their face light up brings joy to your heart. Be grateful for your life and have gratitude for the gifts you have been given.

Wake up and say, ‘I will take responsibility for my health and well-being and ask myself the deeper questions.’ There is nothing more important than health and family, and we take that for granted until we don’t have them anymore. We need to get people back on track.