Healthcare providers: Emotions, stress play key role in heart health, risks
CINCINNATI (WKRC) - One of the healthiest things you can do for your heart, might surprise you.
Everyone knows that they need to eat right and exercise to reduce their risk for heart disease and stroke, but this year, many healthcare providers are also recommending that if you want to avoid the number one killer of women, you also need to better balance your stress levels and your emotions.
This week at a special “Go Red” conference for high school students, the American Heart Association stressed the importance of knowing your blood pressure, learning CPR, and improving lifestyle habits overall, early-on in life.
But nurses with the Christ Hospital also say the heart is a muscle that responds to stress, which can raise the risk for a heart event.
“I like to teach people about emotional resilience, how you can just pause for a minute, recognize that you are stressed be self-aware, take some nice deep breaths and then recognize that whatever you are feeling. I can shift that in the moment to improve your health and your wellbeing,” said Denise Lackey, of the Christ Hospital.
Yoga, meditation, and socialization may all be recommended therapies for reducing stress.
There's some thought even cholesterol and blood pressure numbers respond to reducing stress.