How to know if you are headed for a heart-attack

How to know if you are headed for a heart-attack

headed for a heart-attack

We knew stress could strain our hearts, but not like this: a recent study in the Lancet shows that stress such as depression, anxiety and anger may contribute as much to a heart attack as smoking, obesity and cholesterol do.

To see if you are marked for an infarction, take this test, created by Dr. Sheldon Cohen, head of Carnegie Mellon’s lab for the study of stress, immunity and disease.

 

In the past month, how often have you……

1. Been upset because of something that happened unexpectedly?

A.     Never (0 pts)

B.     Almost never (1 pt)

C.     Sometimes (2 pts)

D.     Fairly often (3 pts)

E.      Very Often (4 pts)

 

2. Felt you were unable to control the important things in your life?

A.     Never (0 pts)

B.     Almost never (1 pt)

C.     Sometimes (2 pts)

D.     Fairly often (3 pts)

E.      Very Often (4 pts)

 

 

3. Felt nervous and stressed?

A.     Never (0 pts)

B.     Almost never (1 pt)

C.     Sometimes (2 pts)

D.     Fairly often (3 pts)

E.      Very Often (4 pts)

 

 

4. Felt confident in your ability to handle your personal problems?

A.     Never (0 pts)

B.     Almost never (1 pt)

C.     Sometimes (2 pts)

D.     Fairly often (3 pts)

E.      Very Often (4 pts)

5. Felt that things were going your way?

A.     Never (0 pts)

B.     Almost never (1 pt)

C.     Sometimes (2 pts)

D.     Fairly often (3 pts)

E.      Very Often (4 pts)

6. Found that you couldn’t cope with all the things you had to do?

A.     Never (0 pts)

B.     Almost never (1 pt)

C.     Sometimes (2 pts)

D.     Fairly often (3 pts)

E.      Very Often (4 pts)

7. Been able to control your irritation with situations in your life?

A.     Never (0 pts)

B.     Almost never (1 pt)

C.     Sometimes (2 pts)

D.     Fairly often (3 pts)

E.      Very Often (4 pts)

 

8. Felt that you were on top of things?

A.     Never (0 pts)

B.     Almost never (1 pt)

C.     Sometimes (2 pts)

D.     Fairly often (3 pts)

E.      Very Often (4 pts)

 

 

9. Been angered by things that were outside of your control?

A.     Never (0 pts)

B.     Almost never (1 pt)

C.     Sometimes (2 pts)

D.     Fairly often (3 pts)

E.      Very Often (4 pts)

 

 

10. Felt that difficulties were piling up so high you couldn’t overcome them?

A.     Never (0 pts)

B.     Almost never (1 pt)

C.     Sometimes (2 pts)

D.     Fairly often (3 pts)

E.      Very Often (4 pts)

 

 

 

Scoring: If you top 12 points, work on developing some heart focused relaxation strategies.

Deep breathing can help: whenever you’re faced with a stressful situation, take a few slow, deep breaths, focusing on “breathing out” any negative emotions like anger, and “breathing in” feelings of compassion and gratitude.  After about 10 breaths your heart-rate will slow down.

Working out for 30 minutes a day, three days a week, will also be of benefit- this much sweat can slash anger and depressive symptoms in half.

 

 

 

Author: charne

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