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Tuesday, September 14, 2010

World Heart Day - A day to recognize the importance of keeping your heart healthy

September 14, 2010

Dear Editor,

September 26 is World Heart Day – a day to recognize the importance of keeping your heart healthy. But what do you do if your heart feels broken?

For some people who have lost a family member or close friend, the sensation of a broken heart isn’t their imagination.  It’s called broken heart syndrome, and it’s caused by a rush of stress hormones and it feels like a heart attack.  For others, feelings of depression and hopelessness as they’re grieving can actually increase the risk of heart attacks and heart disease, according to a study done by Johns Hopkins Hospital.

As World Heart Day approaches, it’s a good time to take simple steps to take care of your heart. Working through the grief process can be as hard on your body as it is on your spirit. The wise advice about paying attention to what you eat and maintaining some form of moderate exercise is especially important now.  

In all cases, what’s healthy for your heart is also healthy for your mind.  

Shannon Good
Bereavement Coordinator
Crossroads Hospice, Hudson, OH

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