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Do you ever have the feeling that something is not quite right in your chest? A feeling that is often described as a fluttering sensation of the heart like it is not beating as it should, or that you are unable to “catch your breath”? If so, then you are one of many who occasionally experiences heart palpitations.
The human heart is a fascinating organ which is vital for the proper functioning of your entire body, including your brain. A proper understanding of the pathophysiology of the human body leads to a recognition that without proper oxygenation from your heart your brain can not develop and function properly. This leads to an understanding that generally what is good for your heart is good for your brain. In fact new research shows heart health as a young adult has an effect on brain health later in life.
Getting angry frequently raises the chance of heart attack, stroke and heart rhythm problems. Researchers found a nearly fivefold increase in heart attacks among people who reported angry outbursts that occurred within two hours after getting mad. The finding highlights the importance for clinicians of discussing anger management with patients at high risk.
Heart disease is a killer and poor dietary habits have been associated with heart disease. Eating high cholesterol, high fat and sugary food has been associated with increased risk for heart disease. Recent research shows there is more evidence for the benefits of a whole diet approach than for a low fat diet approach to lower cardiovascular risk.