This weeks blog article was written by my colleague, Debbie Kowit, from Pennsylvania.
Having a healthy heart is big business, whether you are talking about efforts to repair, recover or prevent America’s #1 cause of death, heart disease or #3, stroke. Available at our fingertips are lists of remedies that include diet regimens, exercise programs and rehab guidance. Even if you have a healthy heart, you are probably already alert to how to watch for symptoms of a problem or you may be aware of specific foods to indulge or avoid.
As consumers we have the option to seek out and absorb only the information that best enhances our individual lifestyle and health goals. And, we should not discount spirituality as a vital part of a “whole person” approach.
Increasingly, research points to the positive role spirituality can play in helping us achieve a balanced lifestyle, which contributes to a healthy heart. For example, Findings in a recent study published in the Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing cite the importance of spirituality in guarding against negative emotions, thus helping to protect against Heart Disease.
Years ago I found that a stronger spiritual perspective made all the difference in helping regain my own health from a heart problem. I was recuperating from symptoms of a stroke; slurred speech, no use of my right arm and little use of my right leg. I had no choice but to put aside my responsibilities as a wife, mother, caretaker and full-time employee. It was a wakeup call that could not be ignored.