Heart disease is the number one killer in men and women and it continues to take its toll on the population.
Previously, I reviewed some alarming statistics regarding cardiovascular disease (CVD) risks for women, highlighted traditional risk factors, and stepped into the controversies surrounding cholesterol levels and statins. I also explored how risk factors and symptoms of heart disease in females are often overlooked and underrecognized.
Being aware of the individual differences that increase one’s chances of CVD assists doctors in establishing an integrative, personalized, and precise wellness protocol for cardiovascular health and prevention.
However, medicine is missing the mark by not considering the mind-body-heart connection in their treatment plans.
Relationships, socioeconomics, and emotions are perhaps more vital for truly healing the heart than any drug, supplement, or lifestyle intervention that solely aims to treat biochemistry.
Perceived loneliness is one of the most substantial risk factors for cardiovascular disease. Furthermore, healthy relationships decrease the risk of one suffering from a repeated heart attack and buffer negative strains on the heart. As important, mental health issues are strongly linked to a higher risk for heart disease and relationships impact brain health.
To put it simply, love is the medicine that is the most important factor to heal the heart. It boosts all other things that we are doing to physically optimize cardiovascular and overall health.
In my latest post and video, I review more about the heart-brain link and why we must pay attention to it to achieve total heart health.
- The heart of medicine
- The heart-brain link
- Heart connections in an epidemic of loneliness and isolation
- The power of relationships on cardiovascular health
- Forming social connections in a disconnected world
- Tips for integrating more love and connection into healthcare using naturopathic, functional, and integrative medicine approaches
Click here to learn more about how to nourish your heart holistically and reconnect with others.
With this knowledge, we can become empowered individuals and health professionals and begin to implement steps for an international, mind-body-brain-heart healthy world.
Will you take the first step?
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- Free resources and more education on essential oils and mind-body wellness are available to you here.
- Tools for coping with isolation and separation.
- An Integrative Mental Health and Stress Resource Guide.
- My online essential oils database.
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Disclaimer: This material is for information purposes only and is not intended to diagnose, treat, or prescribe for any illness. You should check with your doctor regarding implementing any new strategies into your wellness regime. These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA.
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