Depressed post-menopausal women have a 50% greater risk of developing or dying from heart disease than those who are not depressed, raising the possibility that treating the mind could help the body fight cardiovascular ills. This finding came from a four-year government study of 100,000 women across the United States.
What is most striking is that depression was found to be an independent risk factor for subsequent cardiovascular death.
Obviously, volatile emotions such as anger and hostility are bad for your heart’s health. But studies have also shown that some of the quieter emotions can be just as toxic and damaging. Dr. Dean Ornish said, “Study after study has shown that people who feel lonely, depressed, and isolated are many times more likely to get sick and die prematurely, not only of heart disease but from virtually all causes, than those who have a sense of connection, love, and community.”
In cases of depression, women outnumber men 2-1. Women seem to adopt the “tend and befriend” attitude; they internalize their anger and disappointment instead of expressing these emotions, and they become nicer and more nurturing. Quiet people who hold everything in can experience a great increase in stress reactions. Women commonly put themselves last on the list and feel too pressed for time to exercise or give themselves down time. (Research in this area was conducted by researchers at Johns Hopkins University and cited in the New England Journal of Medicine.)
This information is depressing. Not the goal of any of this examiner’s articles.
So here we go: I need you to put down in words TODAY – NOW what is upsetting you. You don’t have to use names, dates, places, just simple emotional outbursts on paper. You’ll feel better which in turn will be better for your health. No superlatives...
I’ll go first: Yesterday received an email from my CPA that the State said they never received my dissolution papers in 2007 of my LLC, which means they want me to pay them $800 for each year. I don’t know who I more made at – the State, my CPA, myself for not being able to find proof – but I’m not happy at all about it.
Your turn – post it here, send an email to me – but get it out.
There is a reason why Heart Disease is the #1 Killer of American Women and it’s bigger than simply clogged arteries.
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