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Did Debbie Reynolds Die from a Broken Heart?


Debbie Reynolds: Can a Broken Heart Really Kill You?

Many of us read about and were saddened to hear that Carrie Fischer had passed away prematurely from a heart attack. Just as tragic was the news that her 84 year old mother, the famous Debbie Reynolds, died the very next day. Sadly, we’ve heard of stories like these before where the timing sure seems like there is a relationship to the insurmountable grief and their death.

I started to look into it and was surprised to read about Stress Induced Cardio Myopathy, also referred to as the broken heart syndrome. This is a syndrome recognized by the American Heart Association which, for me, certainly adds validity. Basically, stress induced cardio myopathy looks and feels like a heart attack but patients with stress induced cardiomyopathy don’t have blocked arteries which is the most common reason for a heart attack. Death is rare but it does happen, perhaps in the case of Debbie Reynolds. Experts aren’t clear on the science behind why this happens but it’s thought that stress hormones such as adrenaline stuns the heart into abnormal activity.

But what about the spiritual or emotional aspect of a broken heart and death. It’s been reported that before dying Debbie said, “I want to be with Carrie” which to me implies there was some choice on her part in dying. You hear sometimes about elderly folks dying shortly after their spouse of several decades passes away.

it’s my unscientific opinion that one’s mental health is too often overlooked in all aspects of life but especially in the case of mental anguish and severe grief. Not only does stress takes it’s toll on our bodies in serious ways but depression might cause people to not take care of themselves in the usual way. They may abandon exercise routines, eating properly may fall to the wayside causing malnourishment. This might be what people refer to as “giving up”, sort of like they are throwing in the towel. Perhaps the grief is too intense.

However, millions of people survive the death of their loved ones but we generally don’t hear about these stories because they aren’t as romantic or touching or mysterious. Death from stress induced cardiomyopathy is very rare.

I guess in the final analysis, there is no distinct answer whether a broken heart can kill us. I don’t think mental anguish and grief generally directly cause one’s death but it certainly can impact us on serious ways depending on existing conditions and circumstances.

Either way, please visit the American Heart Association at www.heart.org to learn more about heart health..

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What is Your Relationship to the Thing?

What is Your Relationship to the Thing?

Hey folks, welcome to livemorenow.net. Some of you who have seen my videos, you may have heard me talk about Headspace.com. It’s one of my favorite apps for guided meditation. If you are interested in meditation but have no idea where to begin or how to do it, I cannot recommend this site strongly enough. Anyway, I’ve been currently listening to one of their packs which focuses on sleep. They have all different packs about a variety of issues from being more focused, relationships, depression and so on. So as i’m listening, Andy says even though this pack is about sleep, it’s not really about sleep. It’s about our relationship to that moment whether it’s lying awake in bed unable to sleep or waking in the middle of the night. Then he said, “it’s rarely about the thing (in this case the thing is sleep)…it’s rarely about the thing but our relationship to the thing that dictates our experience.” And this really struck a chord with me because I thought that is so true.

This is not a new concept….it’s been packaged in many different ways before but it’s basically about releasing control and accepting that moment for what it is without judgment. Whether it’s about being able to fall asleep, fighting traffic, money or our jobs, it’s kind of about taking a step back and removing yourself from that emotion for a minute.

Going back to the sleep example, for years and years, as long as I can remember, I needed the television on to fall asleep. Otherwise my mind was too busy with racing thoughts about what I need to do or should be doing or I better fall asleep because I’ve got a hard day tomorrow, all the while, making sleep more and more elusive. And what I’ve been working on, and it’s starting to really work is just being more aware of those thoughts and shutting them down and going to a quiet place in my mind. The more I’ve been doing it, the easier it’s getting and I don’t have the anxiety that comes with not being able to sleep.

So, the next time you are stuck in traffic and you’re ready to flip your lid, think about why…is it because you thinks it’s unfair that you should be sitting in traffic or perhaps these other cars are in your way from reaching your destination even though they are in the very same predicament. Instead try and remove yourself from those thoughts. There is something really relieving when I say, “Oh well, we’re all stuck in this together, I might as well turn on some tunes and go with the flow.” It’s less exhausting when you aren’t resisting the moment you are in.

Like I said in the beginning, this really struck a chord for me and I hope it does for you too. The next time you find yourself upset, remind yourself that it’s rarely about the thing, any thing, and more about your relationship to the thing. Focus on that and you can begin to change the narrative in your mind. Hope you find this helpful as I did. Thanks for visiting livemorenow.net