The complexity of this system is often undervalued, we think of a pump and some tubes. The heart is a muscle that is highly innervated, with forty to fifty thousand neurons, and has a lot of mitochondria (energy producers) as well. One hundred thousand kilometres of blood vessels transport not just red blood cells (oxygen & carbon dioxide) but also white blood cells, waste products, nutrients (sugars, fats, proteins, vitamins), hormones, water and other things, all in a vortexed wave. Red blood cells need to be efficient at delivering oxygen and also flexible to wiggle through capillaries in a single file. Cell membranes, fascia, and the walls of blood vessels also need to be considered. Consequently, strategies that support the nervous system, endocrine system, nutrient status, water structure and muscle tissue are all ways to impact the cardiovascular network.
For cardiovascular health assessment, bloodwork is an easy access point. There are several markers that help to indicate cardiovascular function and inflammation, as well as the quality of our red blood cells, which is helpful to notice trends and also gauge treatments. Since red blood cells have a lifespan of 3 months, this is usually the recommended amount of time between blood tests.
- Tests to consider: CBC, high sensitivity C-reactive protein, HbA1c & Blood sugar, Iron, Fibrinogen, Cholesterol (tells us about inflammation)
- Read about Blood Pressure here
Many of my patients are interested in optimal health, and living with as much vitality as possible at every age. Here are some unique ways to support your heart health, when incorporating the mind, body and spirit for total wellness.
- Living gratefully and with appreciation opens the heart chakra and allows energy to flow freely between the upper and lower body.
- A great way to practice is to name something (or three things) you are grateful for each day, either in your head or by writing it down.
- Laughter, Joy & Love
- All three emotions are expressions of the heart.
- The heart has its own nervous system that communicates with the brain, and positively responds to these emotions while being negatively impacted by fear and anger. Monitor your inputs and your emotional state, and nourish your vagus nerve. You can track it by measuring Heart Rate Variability.
- Consider Frequencies
- The electrical field of the heart is said to extend 6 feet around us, interacting with our immediate environment and detecting subtle shifts (and danger).
- Music that is 432 or 639 Hz is healing to the heart, and also increases the number and lifespan of red blood cells, and makes them more efficient at delivering oxygen (they also respond to the sound of our own heart beat).
- Infrared can increase blood flow up to 300% through the vortex.
- Find ways to escape technological frequencies, like wifi and cell phones, when possible.
- Community - Being with people that we connect with or share common interests actually lowers our stress levels, which impacts our nervous system.
- Nature - Our heart has its own circadian rhythm, separate from the rest of the body, connecting our heart rate to night & day (slower at night and faster through the day) and ultimately creating a relationship with the world around us.
- Follow Your Heart
- Living incongruently to our heart's desires creates disharmony.
- Our minds can be helpful, but our hearts can lead the way.
On another note...
It should also be mentioned that cardiac symptoms often go unnoticed or are dismissed in women, partially because they can be unrelated to chest pain. Of course, everyone should watch for the more classic heart symptoms: chest pain/pressure/fullness, pain or tingling in one or both arms, cold sweat, lightheadedness, greyish complexion.
Extra Signs to Watch in Particularly in Females
- jaw pain
- shortness of breath
- nausea/vomiting, or upper abdomen pain
- back pain
- swelling in the legs
I deeply believe that when we have the knowledge and tools accessible to advocate for ourselves and live a healthy lifestyle, our wellness allows us to live a purposeful life.
Wishing you a beautifully balanced day,
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This article is intended for information purposes only and does not replace medical advice.