- by Dr Savita Kalgaonkar
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- Jun 06 2017
Minds and Hearts-And Yoga Can act as prevention
How negative emotions and stress affect the heart
The connection between the heart and the mind are difficult to evaluate than those between the waistline and the heart. But a larger body of affirmation suggests that psychological factors are — closely — heartfelt, and can accord to cardiac risk. Stress from all sorts of challenging events and situations plays an important role in cardiovascular symptoms and outcome, especially heart attack risk. The same is true for, anxiety, hostility, anger and depression, as well for social separation. Acting alone, each of these factors intensifies your chances of thriving heart problems. But emotional issues are often coiled: people who have one generally have another. For instance, psychological stress often result in depression anxiety can lead to social is separation, and so on. When merged, their impact is heightened.
In a few cases, you can make changes to ease your hardships — by changing relationships or jobs, for example. Sometimes a moderate amount of stress can act as a positive, motivating force. But some of the stress in our lives is simply impossible to avoid. The question is this: does lessening stress, or modifying how you react to it, actually lessens your cardiac risk and the possibility of having a heart attack? The answer is not completely clear, although some initial results suggest yes. The doubt reflects the trial of doing investigation into psychological stress, which is so often followed by behaviors that are dangerous in their own right, such as overeating and smoking. It also reflects the challenge of influencing people to make improvement in the way they behave and think.
The Stress Response
Your body responds to life-threatening stress for instance, “The house is on fire!” with a “fight-or-flight” reaction. The brain activates a flood of hormones and chemicals that pace the heart rate, increase blood pressure, quicken breathing, and boost the volume of energy (sugar) provided to muscles. All of these modifications allow your body to respond to an upcoming threat. Sadly, the body does a poor job of selecting between forthcoming, grave dangers and less important, ongoing sources of stress. The body suffers when the fight-or-flight reaction is chronically in the “on” position. This long term stress response can happen if your body is constantly exposed to stressors that flood its adjusting ability. Think of it as your body in a consistent state of “short-circuiting.”
The release of stress hormones also initiates the blood’s clotting system. And long-term mental stress appears to triggers the body’s production of triglycerides and LDL, to hamper with blood pressure regulation, and to actuate molecules that nourishes inflammation.
The HPA axis, which plays a pivotal role in triggering the stress response, is made up of adrenal glands hypothalamus and pituitary gland. By releasing precise chemicals, such as adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH) and cortisol, the HPA axis awakens the body for action when it experiences a stressor. As the graph reveals, the effect of this release of hormones is extensive. Muscles tighten, senses become sharper, the heart beats faster, breathing quickens and blood pressure rises. All of this prepares you to flee or fight in the face of hazard.
Stressors that traumatize the heart: What’s the proof?
All of us know that specific events, such as being fired from a job or the death of a spouse, are very stressful. Yet studies indicate that less substantial but more persistent types of stress may also distress your heart. In 2004, The Lancet published a research that involved over twenty four thousand members from fifty two countries. Roughly eleven thousand patients who had just had a first heart attack were interrogated, as they left the hospital, about different forms of stress they had experienced in the previous twelve months. The questions explored reactions to major life events, financial problems and job and home stress. Associates of a control group, who were matched to the patients for gender and age but had no history of heart disease, underwent similar evaluations. In spite of differences in the commonness of stress across countries and racial or ethnic groups, increased stress levels presented a greater risk for heart attack than did diabetes, abdominal obesity, hypertension and a number of other risk factors.
Numerous other studies have also reported that different forms of stress can damage the heart:
- Financial stress
- Workplace stress
- Disaster-related stress
- Caregiver stress
Other Mental Health Concerns:
Given the extensive frequency of both mental health and heart disease problems such as anxiety and depression, it is not surprising that they usually occur together. Understanding how they act together — and, more importantly, how they can be minimized, prevented, or treated — may help people feel better both physically and emotionally.
The effect of yoga for heart patients
Yoga is the art of de-stressing in distinct positions while focusing on breathing. As an outcome, every yoga pose has a specific effect on the respiratory system and therefore, affects the heart too. Yoga is known to:
- Aids in improving heart rate.
- Aids boost blood circulation.
- Helps to relax the heart muscles.
- Helps to maintain normal blood pressure levels.
- Helps increase lung capacity.
- Helps to increase good cholesterol levels.
In addition to all of this, it is most influential in dealing with stress. The effect of pressure can never be under evaluated. Ask someone who has suffered cardiac arrests or undergone bypass surgery or other heart disorders! If they have survived to tell the tale, they will tell you that they have to constantly fight stress and fear.
Yoga is that healthy magic formula that can free you of stress and heal heart patients mentally and physically.
Remember yoga is not a cure but a sure shot preventive measure; a constant effort which will help keep your disorders from getting worse or helps to arrest further damage.
Yoga is a holistic lifestyle as it is beneficial on all physical, mental, emotional and social aspects. It needs to be practiced with a good yoga teacher to get more out of every practice of yoga.
Happy Practicing Yoga!!