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The 15 Minute Heart Cure: The Natural Way to Release Stress and Heal Your Heart in Just Minutes a Day Hardcover – 15 Jan 2010
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Relaxation exercises are great for reducing stress and getting you through those difficult days feeling more energized and less frazzled. What you may not know is that stress reduction is as important in maintaining and repairing the health of your heart as proper diet, smoking cessation, and lowering your cholesterol. In fact, the right kind of stress reduction can help you prevent and even cure heart disease. In The 15–Minute Heart Cure, cardiologist John M. Kennedy shows you how stress triggers a fight–or–flight response that can harm your cardiovascular system in a variety of ways. Then he helps you safeguard your heart health with powerful, easy–to–learn techniques for dispelling stress naturally, without spending a lot of time or money. Dr. Kennedy explains the stress/heart–disease connection for the four major types of heart disease and shows you how to stop stress in its tracks with his proven B–R–E–A–T–H–E (Begin, Relax, Envision, Apply, Treat, Heal, End) technique. Whether you have had a heart attack, have been diagnosed with a heart condition, or simply want to keep your heart in great shape, this unique, practical guide gives you the tools you need to make every day less stressful and mitigate the impact of each stressful situation on your heart. You′ll learn how to: Use guided imagery and breathing tech–niques to induce a relaxation response Train yourself to find calm even in the most stressful situations Apply variations of the B–R–E–A–T–H–E technique to specific cardiovascular conditions Prevent heart attack, congestive heart failure, arrhythmia, and valve disease Reduce and reverse the effects of an existing heart condition Avoid dangerous and costly heart surgery by maintaining your heart health every day Complete with numerous real–life examples of stress–induced cardiovascular events and how these patients repaired their hearts through stress reduction, The 15–Minute Heart Cure is the book that could save your life.
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Relax your way to a healthier heart "As an invasive cardiologist, Dr. Kennedy is skilled at restoring flow to our hearts. In The 15–Minute Heart Cure, he shows how flow in our heart is like flow in our lives, and his simple relaxation tool helps us to achieve this goal. If you, a friend, or a loved one has heart disease, flow with it. This is an outstanding book with helpful, practical exercises. I highly recommend it." —Dean Ornish, M.D. "This is an incredible book with tools that are far reaching. Dr. Kennedy successfully distills proven data from sports psychology in order to create his B–R–E–A–T–H–E technique. In addition to healing hearts, the vital information in this book will inspire companies to innovate, students to excel in academics, and athletes to perform at their highest level." —Robert Kriegel, Ph.D., bestselling author of If It Ain′t Broke . . . Break It! "The 15–Minute Heart Cure is an outstanding review of a timely and important subject, stress and heart disease. Dr. Kennedy provides a much–needed stress–relieving tool that will help heal many hearts."—Ralph Brindis, M.D., M.P.H., F.A.C.C., F.S.C.A.I., President–elect, American College of Cardiology In The 15–Minute Heart Cure, Dr. Kennedy explains how stress triggers a fight–orflight response that can harm your cardiovascular system. He arms you with powerful guided vision and breathing techniques that help you stop stress in its tracks and keep your heart pumping as it should through every challenging situation. Dr. Kennedy also provides tools to protect your heart from common stressful triggers including difficult commutes and traffic, caring for a sick loved one, or preparing for elective surgery. This very practical guide helps you feel great, perform better under stress, and save your life, all at the same time.See all Product description
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1. Begin - Involves getting into a comfortable position and engaging in deep breathing exercises.
2. Relax - The breathing affects the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems and relaxes you.
3. Envision - Here is where you imaging a relaxing or idyllic setting. These go by names such as Cherry Blossom Exercise, Family Tree-Solid Oak Exercise, River Exercise, Path of Relaxation and others.
4. Apply - You apply the vision to you particular condition.
5. Treat - You are treated to a lower heart rate, decreased blood pressure and lower levels of cardio-toxic hormones such as cortisol and adrenaline.
6. Heal - These exercises will reduce stress, making you feel better, which will enhance healing in your body.
7. End - Here you recall the heart healing metaphors and summarize their significance to your healing heart.
This summary, of course, is very brief, but I think it captures basically what the technique is about. Throughout the book, Kennedy relates actual case histories of people who suffered from various heart ailments such as congestive heart failure, heart attacks, arrhythmias, valve disease and other types of heart disease. After describing each scenario, he goes through the seven step relaxation process and applies it to each particular situation. This is repeated throughout the book. The bulk of the book consists of the stories of people who have suffered cardiac events and their outcomes. I did find these stories very enlightening though. It makes one more cognizant of one's own health and to not take such for granted. Health is something that must be maintained.
I feel that relaxation procedures such as these are very good to practice on a regular basis; however, my issue is with the "curative" potential given this procedure. Many of the people discussed in the book also had life saving treatment in hospitals, and were given drugs to control or improve their condition. So there were other interventions employed as well. I think any type of breathing or relaxation sessions serve as an important adjunct in healing someone, but I would not go so far as to call it a cure.