According to the American Heart Association, nearly five million Americans are living with heart failure, and there are almost 600,000 new cases diagnosed each year. Some say it is a 'silent epidemic'.
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How common is heart failure in Americans?
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How can I meditate to keep my heart healthy?
Mehmet Oz, MD, Cardiology, answeredTo meditate and keep your heart healthy:
- Gently settle into a meditation posture, either sitting on the floor or in a chair, with your back straight but not rigid
- Take a deep breath in, and let it out fully
- Let your breath return to its natural rhythm
- Focus your awareness on your breath, coming in and going out, noticing how it feels and sounds -- how your belly rises and falls as you breathe in and out
- As you continue to breathe in this way, let your attention gently settle on the space of your own heart
- With each in-breath, let your heart open and expand
- With each out-breath, release any thoughts and feelings you would like to let go of
- Allow yourself to just be in this space of your open heart for a few moments. (As you practice this meditation over time, you may find that you can sit longer in this space of the heart)
Can air pollution affect heart health?
Short-term exposure to small airborne particles spewed from cars, power plants, and other industrial sources may cause an irregular heart rate. Serious stuff, because it could open the door to heart arrhythmias and even heart attacks in people who are over 60 or have heart or lung diseases.
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