A book that just came out (Heart: A History, from Sandeep Jauhar, a cardiologist) sheds some fascinating light on the connection between wellbeing and cardiac issues.
Put in the simplest possible terms: Stress can kill. As the author explains, the connection between our physical heart and our emotions is an intimate one. Sentiments, such as fear and grief, can cause cardiac injury by causing blood vessels to constrict or blood pressure to rise, thus damaging the body.
The fact that our hearts are sensitive to our state of wellbeing and dependent upon our emotional systems shouldn’t come as a surprise to integrative doctors, but for “hard-core” medical practitioners, this amounts to a new understanding about the connectedness between our metaphorical heart and our physical one.
The wellness sector’s role in stress management just became even more significant.