February 2010 A subscription based eBulletin devoted to your Smart Heart Living.

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Sandra Thornton
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In this issue:

Heart disease can happen to anyone. It plays no favorites - one heartbreaking example.

Happiness and heart health. Is there a connection? Recent research says yes.

And, because spring is on its way - we have a smart heart bouquet for you to enjoy!

It can happen to anyone.

heart attack symptoms

The eyes of the world were on figure skater Joanie Rochette of Canada this week when her mother died suddenly and unexpectly of a massive heart attack just two days before Joanie was scheduled to compete at the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Games.

Therese Rochette was just 55. Heart disease plays no favorites.

Could this death and other unexpected deaths due to heart attack be avoided?

That's difficult to say.

We can take steps to lead a smart heart lifestyle - starting at a young age and continuing throughout our lives. But even with prevention, heart disease can still strike.

We can become more aware of the risk factors and symptoms of heart disease. In my own case, I believe that being aware of the symptoms saved my life because I went to the hospital before it was too late. But unfortunately many people aren't aware. In other cases, they literally have no warning. We've all heard the stories of someone getting a clean bill of health at the doctor's and then keeling over and dying within days or weeks.

And we can support research that will help us gain a better understanding of heart disease, identify it earlier, and provide better quality of life for the many who live with it. February was heart month. If you haven't already, please donate generously to the Heart & Stroke Foundation or the American Heart Association .

Our heart felt condolences to Joanie Rochette and her family.

And on a brighter note...

emotions and health

We've known for some time that emotions can play a role in heart disease. Recent research that studied 1,739 healthy adults (862 men and 877 women) has shown that people who are usually happy, enthusiastic and content are less likely to develop heart disease than those who tend not to be happy.

Dr Karina Davidson, who led the research, said that although this was an observational study, results suggested that it might be possible to help prevent heart disease by enhancing people’s positive emotions. She also noted that there is a need for rigorous clinical trials to support these findings.

It's also important to note the words of cardiologist Iain Simpson of the British Cardiovascular Society, who says "Things like reducing cholesterol and diabetes are more important when it comes to reducing heart disease. But at the end of the day heart disease is still the biggest killer...so anything you can do to help should not be ignored."

Perhaps having some fun will not only feel good but help your heart stay healthy too.

Spring is just around the corner...

easy appetizer

You may not have flowers in your garden for a few months yet (depending on where you live) but if you are entertaining you can brighten up your table with this easy and heart healthy appetizer.

The Bocconcini Basil Bouquet tastes just as great as it looks and it's fast and easy to make. For details, see the complete recipe.

Researchers are starting to shift the focus from fats to carbohydrates as the culprit in the growing obesity epidemic. We recommend the following books:

Good Calories, Bad Calories: Fats, Carbs, and the Controversial Science of Diet and Health by Gary Taubes

The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals by Michael Pollan

In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto by Michael Pollan

The Protein Power Lifeplan by Drs. Michael and Mary Dan Eades

The 6-Week Cure for the Middle-Aged Middle by Drs. Michael and Mary Dan Eades

Information presented here is not intended to replace the advice of your physician. Consult your doctor before changing diet or exercise programs.

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