Could Job Stress Be The New Smoking?

After working with women to improve heart health and manage stress for more than a decade, I discovered there isn’t enough data about the specifics of the job stress environment and how it impacts men and women differently. This led me to embark on a multiphase research project to explore this important topic. Research suggests…

Smoking: The Fast Track to a Heart Attack

Counting on estrogen to keep heart disease at bay? Better think again! A new study reveals women who smoke have heart attacks more than a decade earlier than those who don’t smoke. Most women think estrogen protects them from a heart attack until very late in life, but a study presented to the European Society…

Should Pregnant Women Worry About Heart Attacks?

A new study shows heart attacks in pregnant women are on the rise. The good news in a new study by the New York University School of Medicine showing more pregnant women are having heart attacks is that data is being collected about heart disease in women.  If we can clearly define the problem, a…

How Does A Negative Work Environment Create Job Stress?

Does a crabby co-worker or an overly demanding boss increase stress? Absolutely. According to my job stress research, the environment at work is the 3rd leading cause of stress.  This makes sense for a couple of reasons: First, stress is contagious. Sitting next to a highly stressed person increases your stress.  A recent study indicates…

Is Burning The Midnight Oil Bad For The Heart?

A study released in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism indicates people who go to sleep after midnight are more likely to develop heart disease and diabetes than those who turn in earlier.  Even when both groups got the same amount of sleep, night owls faced a higher risk of developing cardiovascular disease as…

How Is Your Wellness Karma?

Wellness is like Karma – you get what you give! Yesterday my girls asked me to explain Karma.  I explained it was a concept in which good actions caused good results and bad actions caused bad results.  Grace stated that this seemed like our parenting style (yes, very true) and Callie said, “It’s kind of…

Happiness Makes The Heart Grow Stronger

Being happy makes your heart healthier!   Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) researchers found that positive psychological well-being appears to reduce the risk of heart attacks, strokes and other cardiovascular events. Which means an optimistic outlook could keep your heart healthy! “The absence of the negative is not the same thing as the presence…

Sow the Seeds of Good Health

Spring Is Here! Are you cultivating your own health? The weather is warmer, flowers are blooming, and the promise of a vibrant summer is in the air.  What are you doing to prepare for your own vibrant, and healthy, summer? Spring is a great time to reinvigorate your healthy habits.  With the days getting longer,…

Every Beat of Your Heart

Resting Heart Rate and Your Health When was the last time you checked your resting heart rate? Try it: When you wake up tomorrow morning, before you swing your feet out of bed, take your pulse for 10 seconds.  Multiply your 10 second count by 6 and you have your Resting Heart Rate.  Here are…