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November 15, 2013

Health and Well-Being: Reflections on heart disease

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Studies continue to show that stress can elevate cholesterol levels and interfere with the electrical functions that control our heart. This is especially the case for men. Some researchers, such as those from the American Institute of Stress, have suggested that stress plays as much a role in heart disease as does diet.

It is important to remember that our cardiovascular health is not a matter of luck, fate or chance. We can have a good deal of control over whether or not we develop heart problems. It all depends on our willingness to be active caretakers of our own health and well-being.

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Dr. Jim Manganiello is a clinical psychologist and diplomate-level medical psychotherapist based in Groveland and West Boxford. He is also an author and teacher focusing on stress, personal growth, meditation and “inner fitness.” His book “Unshakable Certainty” is available on Amazon. Email him at drmanganiello@comcast.net or visit www.drjimmanganiello.com.

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