Heart Problems, Stress, Exertion Can Be A Fatal Mix

I've devoted a great many pages on my Web site to reminding you about the needless physical problems you can inflict on your body as a result of not handling your emotions, particularly your anger. In a review of studies between 1970-2004, researchers found patients with a history of cardiac problems, emotional stress and a sedentary lifestyle accented with rare bouts of physical exertion can be more prone to trigger future heart attacks, and sometimes fatal ones.

What sets the stage for these heart attacks is quite different than the "typical" long-term development of coronary heart disease, scientists said. Sudden physical exertion seems to be linked with triggering severe chest pain, heart attack or sudden death.

But that risk of death shouldn't prevent people from having social and marital relationships that promote physical and spiritual well being: The absolute risk of cardiac events after any single bout of activity remains less than one in a million, including sexual activity.

Other kinds of emotional issues that may trigger heart attacks can be diverse and occasionally very trivial:

  • Natural disasters
  • Wars
  • Sporting events

As I've said often, stress is all around us most every day of our lives, demanding that it be dealt with swiftly and completely. That said, we certainly can't erase its presence from our lives, but you can learn new skills on my Web site that can help you remove those emotional roadblocks that threaten your health, without taking a toxic drug.

One of the best is the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), the proven energy psychology tool I use daily in my practice. EFT is a form of psychological acupressure, based on the same energy meridians used in traditional acupuncture to treat physical and emotional ailments for more than 5,000 years, but without the invasiveness of needles. Your free EFT manual provides an overview on how and where to tap and the proper affirmation techniques so you can begin using this tool immediately.

I can't say often enough how essential emotional health is to your physical health and healing. No matter how devoted you are to the proper diet and exercise, you'll be unable to tap into your body's ideal healing and preventative powers if emotional barriers stand in your way.

Psychosomatic Medicine, March/April 2005, Volume 67, Issue 2: 179-186

Science Blog March 23, 2005

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