Calm + Joy = Heart Health

HeartMath connects mind and body for wellness

HeartMath connects mind and body for wellness

Never heard of HeartMath? It’s a growing sector of cardiac therapy that harnesses the connection between the heart and the brain for better health.

“HeartMath is a technique to help manage your response to stress, balance emotions, think clearer and feel better,” said Theresa Byrd, R.N., BSN, Norton Women’s Heart and Vascular Center.

The heart and brain are in constant communication, and emotions can have complex effects on the heart’s response to the messages being sent by the brain. Some emotions, such as anger, frustration, anxiety and insecurity, can trigger erratic heart rhythm patterns that can stress your body and drain your energy.

HeartMath teaches you to listen to your body to identify negative emotions and find ways to turn them into feelings of calm and inner peace.

“The feeling of ease and harmony will be reflected in a more balanced heart rhythm, facilitating brain function and more access to higher intelligence,” Byrd said. “HeartMath decreases stress and anxiety, promotes better sleep, improves relationships, promotes inner calm and harmony, and helps one become more mentally and emotionally balanced.”

Stress is a serious factor in heart disease and major cardiac events, such as high blood pressure, heart attack, abnormal heart rhythm and blood clots. Women can empower their health through the use of HeartMath and its lifesaving benefits.

Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women, and it can be prevented,” said Kimberly May, founder and owner of Inspire Well. Inspire Well specializes in HeartMath and other integrative medical treatments.

Norton Healthcare is partnering with Inspire Well to host a free HeartMath-focused class on Thursday, Feb. 19, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Marshall Women’s Health & Education Center on the Norton Healthcare – St. Matthews campus.

“Women will gain tools to manage stress, take care of their hearts and experience more joy,” May said.

You can register for this free event online or by calling (502) 629-1234


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