Breath

Measuring the Heart Rate-Brain Connection

…are biofeedback-type devices that involve using the breath for stress reduction. The Stresseraser home computer program allows you to measure your heart rate variability pattern in real time and learn how to increase the variability through breathing, as well as interactive games. There are also several…

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Don't Lug Your Luggage

…that lie right there on the surface of the heart. 6. Exhale on the effort: Remember to breathe. If you are lifting something—be it luggage or a child—always breathe through the effort on the exhaled breath. Most of us are unaware that we’re holding our breath—especially during inhalation, so…

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Emotion and Heart Valves

…Severe shortness of breath was the symptom that recently brought a new patient to see Dr. Sinatra. She was a 78-year-old newsletter reader who had attended a subscriber seminar last year. Her heart rate was faster than normal, and whenever she became emotionally upset, her breathing difficulties got worse…

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Airport Angina: What You Need to Know

…multiplying your heart rate by your systolic blood pressure. As your heart rate and systolic pressure rise with activity, so does your RPP. * Relax, breathe, and loosen your grip. Your RPP is affected by gripping the handle of your suitcase tightly, or pressing a carry-on bag into the overhead compartment…

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It’s Never Too Late to Start Exercising

…consider having your feet checked for irregularities that require shoe inserts. * Start slowly and pace yourself. Should you experience shortness of breath or pain in your chest or arms, see your doctor as soon as possible. If you feel ill, stop. If symptoms persist after 3–5 minutes of rest, seek medical…

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Benefits of Yoga: A Powerful Exercise for Your Heart

…. But, for a cardiologist like me the benefits of yoga for heart health are about the breath work involved with yoga. The Secret to Yoga for Heart Health Comes from the Slow, Deep Breaths The slow, deep breathing used in yoga helps to: * Calm and relax your body and mind * Relax the arterial walls *…

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Is Yoga Safe?

…head that can constrict, causing swelling and even clots or bleeds. Here are some of my top tips for practicing yoga safely: 1. Connect with your breath, exhaling on effort and inhaling to ease back. Go slowly and never force your self into any position. By the same token, never allow any one else to…

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Respiratory Sinus Arrhythmia and PACs

…respiratory variation in the heart beat. The beat increases slightly as you inhale, and decreases slightly as you exhale, which is why conscious breathing exercises are so good for your heart. Other SA Node Factors * Activity level * The foods you eat (caffeine, sugar, chocolate, alcohol, etc) * The…

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Exercise, But Do It Carefully

…affecting your sleep? Is it disturbing your breathing, digestion, vision, or other functions not normally associated with fitness? If you experience any of the following symptoms, stop immediately. * Lightheadedness or dizziness * Palpitations * Shortness of breath (unable to carry on a conversation) * Jaw…

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Walking Club Check-In: How to Know If You're Exercising Too Much

…affecting your sleep? Is it helping your breathing, digestion, vision, or other functions not normally associated with fitness? Also, If you experience any of the following symptoms, stop immediately. • Lightheadedness or dizziness • Palpitations • Shortness of breath (unable to carry on a conversation…

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Yoga for Heart Health: Why It's Powerful Medicine

I’ve long-known the stretching and breath work of yoga is good for your heart. But new findings from the University of Kansas show just the benefits of yoga for heart health. What they found is that just three yoga classes a week can cut episodes of atrial fibrillation (A-Fib)—by half! This is huge…

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Make a Resolution of Optimism

…waiting for the next prescription from their doctors. One gentleman got up to the microphone and said he was 86, had aortic dysfunction, shortness of breath, arrhythmia, and was somewhat hard of hearing. He had had a quadruple bypass and a knee replacement. "I want to make plans for the next 30 years,"…

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Stroke 101: Risk Factors for Stroke

…difficult in women. Women's stroke symptoms tend to be “non-traditional” and include facial pain, one-sided limb pain, chest pain, shortness of breath, palpitations, nausea, and nonspecific neurological symptoms such as hiccups and generalized weakness. Plus, more younger people are having strokes…

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Walking Club Check-In: Don't Forget to Warm Up

…for you risk tearing them. First, warm up by walking in place or riding a stationary bicycle for five minutes. When you stretch, do not hold your breath. Stretch slowly and hold the position just short of pain. Avoid bouncing. Here are some stretches to start you off: * One-quarter Head Circles: Starting…

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The Health Benefits of Eating Garlic

…Although eating garlic has few side effects, some people are allergic to it and others may experience some stomach or intestinal upset. If garlic breath is a problem, try chewing fresh parsley, rosemary or fennel. Freshly squeezed lemon, a piece of grapefruit or orange peel may also assuage garlic's…

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5 Ways to Help Prevent a Cardiac Event

…magnesium (at least 200–400 mg) and ribose (one teaspoon, 5 grams, twice a day). 2. Utilize the heart-healing power of yoga. The stretching and breath work of yoga, when practiced regularly, helps to relax the arterial walls, improve heart rate variability, lower blood pressure, and slows your heart…

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What is an Angina Attack?

…or when you are emotionally upset. Angina Attack Symptoms Typical symptoms of angina attack include chest pain/pressure/discomfort, shortness of breath and fatigue. Less typical are a pain, pressure or discomfort in the jaw (and/or teeth), the arm (including the elbow and wrist), or indigestion. Some…

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Lower Your Blood Pressure Week 2: Get Moving

…participate in other forms of exercise. Correct technique is important. Hold each stretch for about 30 seconds—do not bounce, do not hold your breath, and do not stretch so far that you feel pain. The most effective stretching warms up and cools down the same muscles used during exercise. Try side…

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Heart Attack and Stroke Differences

…heart attack, the heart muscle itself is damaged. In this case, symptoms can include, for men: * Mild to intense mid-chest pressure * Shortness of breath * Dull pain between the shoulder blades * Achiness in the jaw * Pain in left arm or elbow * Profuse sweating * Indigestion (often overlooked) * Nausea…

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Three Signs You Need To Find a Cardiologist

…HDL cholesterol, Lp(a), serum ferritin, homycysteine and fibrinogen. * If you have chest pain, syncope (unexplained passing out) or shortness of breath with exertion, you need to find a cardiologist as soon as possible. * If you’re a man older than 40 or a woman older than 45 and are embarking on…

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