Life is full of coincidences. This period of lockdown has had many detrimental effects also but at the same time it had been beneficial in a way that we actually got time to upgrade ourselves through different types of learning.
I have enrolled myself for a Diploma course in Emotional Intelligence and while I am continuing to do that, I got an opportunity to listen to an eminent cardiologist Sandeep Jauhar on TED talks and I just got to watch a video again from a heart specialist from Pakistan.
All these three incidents have taken place in a row and in a very short span of time and for me its nothing more than a coincidence that made me think and get more insight into our most favorite and most discussed organ – ‘The heart’.
Think of heart and your imaginative thoughts go red, they get filled with love and those falling hearts make you feel in a world that is totally different with all the best feelings and emotions.
Since the ancient times, heart has always been related to feelings and emotions till the time medical advancements declared heart as mechanical like any other organ in our body. We all know about the heart disease, the related symptoms and the treatments but there are heart related issues which are still beyond medical research and these are related to emotions and feelings of an individual.
We are still confused between ‘metaphorical heart and biological heart’, but the reality lies in the fact that proper functioning of our biological heart is largely affected by how healthy our emotions and feelings are and how we are managing our stress levels.
Hence, we cannot rule out the effects of emotions and feelings on the well-being of our heart. ‘Heart attack’ is a very common heart disease and lead to very fatal consequences.
There is another heart related syndrome known as ‘Takotsubo Cardiomyopathy’, which has symptoms very much related to the symptoms of Cardiac arrest, but it is not cardiac arrest. It is a temporary heart condition that is brought about by stress.
The other synonymous terms used for this syndrome are Cardiomyopathy, apical ballooning or broken heart syndrome. Symptoms of the disease include chest pain; shortness of breath and this condition usually arises due to emotional events. The events can be a romantic tragedy, a broken relationship, death of a loved one, a sudden loss in business, public speaking.
The effects of the syndrome cause the bulging of the left ventricle of the heart into the shape of a balloon that resembles a Japanese fisherman’s tako- tsubo which means an octopus trap. There is no proven reason for this bulging in medical science and also this condition can be easily confused with a heart attack whereas it is not and can be cured within a month or two by proper consultation with cardiologists.(Ref. www.medicalnewstoday.com)
When I was listening to the TED talk by Dr. Sandeep Jauhar, I could easily relate how emotions play a vital role in the proper functioning of our heart. Increased stress levels and emotional instability leads to certain very observable changes inside our body like increased heartbeat, becoming unconscious, internally the normal blood flow gets disturbed due to constricted blood vessels leading to visible changes in our blood pressure.
The more important thing to stress upon here is to understand that our logical mind and emotional heart are interrelated and work in coordination to each other. Hence, it becomes our utmost priority to take good care of ourselves and our near and dear ones emotionally. Hence, do not rule out the importance of positive thoughts, good feelings and healthy emotions. Take care of your heart!
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