Paul “Bear” Bryant, the winningest coach in college football history, died of a massive heart attack shortly after his retirement. His abrupt demise was termed a “sudden death.”
A sudden cardiac death occurs once every minute. It’s the leading cause of death in the 20-to-64 age group and usually involves a heart attack that kills within an hour of the onset of symptoms.
Underneath these cold, hard statistics emerges an equally important factor in the sudden cardiac death syndrome. This is the powerful relationship between the mind and body. For example, I believe Coach Bryant joined the thousands of individuals who, after they lost the motivating force in their lives, such as a spouse or career, also lost their will to live. Bear Bryant’s life purpose was coaching. When this connection was broken, he experienced heartbreak, which can often lead to a variety of cardiovascular problems, including heart attack and stroke.
What Can You Do to Overcome Heartbreak and Prevent Sudden Cardiac Death?
- Massage and other touch therapies, such as Reiki, can be powerful healers that helps to relieve trapped energy. Acupuncture or visiting a chiropractor can also help.
- Exercise helps to relieve stress and tension, and promote circulation and physical and emotional healing through the body.
- Look for opportunities to connect with others, whether it's making time to visit with your neighbors, volunteering in your community, or taking a class in something you enjoy.
- Consider getting a pet. Pets give us unconditional love, and petting an animal actually has a real physical effect on our bodies reducing stress and improving our cardiovascular health.
Now it's your turn: Do you have any tips for overcoming heartbreak to add to this list?