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4 Tools to help Anyone with Heart Problems

4 Tools to help Anyone with Heart Problems

Heart disease is currently the leading cause of death in America. More than 600,000 people die each year from heart-related issues. Unfortunately a lot of the problems associated with heart disease come from a lack of education. The world is pushing medical and healthcare breakthroughs at an extremely fast rate, but many people are unaware of how to prevent heart disease, and how to live with it once it occurs in their family. Here are five tricks and tools that everyone with a heart problem should know about.

Heart360

Heart360 is a program that was launched by the American Heart Association. It is designed to be an all-in-one solution for people with heart issues. The best part about the tool is its tracking capabilities.

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One of the hardest parts about living with heart problems is keeping track of a lot of important metrics that your body is putting out. These include blood pressure, cholesterol, glucose levels, and much more. Heart360 was designed to keep track of all of these for you and to alert you if there are ever any issues with any of these metrics. Heart360 can help eliminate the stress of not knowing what is happening with your heart and body. You can read more about Heart360 here.

Insurance

One of the scariest parts of finding out that you have a heart problem is worrying about what your family would do in the event of your death. Many life insurance providers will not insure someone who has a pre-existing condition. This means that many people are out of luck when it comes to obtaining life insurance.

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Fortunately, innovative companies have created solutions for people in this predicament. These companies specialize in connecting people with heart issues to life insurance options that work for them. They often require certain lifestyle changes be made (such as using Heart360) but they are able to find a way to relieve the worry that comes with the idea of leaving one’s family alone and penniless. You can find a few of the life insurance options for heart patients here.

UpWell

UpWell is a fairly recent entry to the heart market and is becoming more popular by the day. It aims to be an all-in-one solution to people with chronic heart problems.  One of the most helpful features is its prescription management software. The software aims to make managing your prescriptions a breeze by doing everything for you. This includes alerting you when you are low, then automatically ordering new prescriptions. This helps alleviate one of the hardest parts about having a heart condition- medication management.

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EatThisNotThat

Besides poor genetics, dietary habits are the next biggest cause of heart problems. There are dozens of foods that most people eat every day that increase the risk of heart disease. These foods combined with bad genetics and advanced age are the reason that America has so many people with heart problems.

As hard and annoying as it may be, changing one’s diet is probably one of the easiest ways to help cope with heart problems and diseases. One of the best websites to assist in that is a site called EatThisNotThat. The site is built around the premise that there is almost always a healthier alternative to foods that people commonly eat. The user simply tells the tool the foods that he or she would like to eat, and it recommends healthier alternatives that taste similar.

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These tools and tricks will not make heart problems go away. They will, however, help simplify life and help in coping with the hardships that come with most heart conditions.

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Last Updated on December 2, 2018

How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

Ebb and flow. Contraction and expansion. Highs and lows. It’s all about the cycles of life.

The entire course of our life follows this up and down pattern of more and then less. Our days flow this way, each following a pattern of more energy, then less energy, more creativity and periods of greater focus bookended by moments of low energy when we cringe at the thought of one more meeting, one more call, one more sentence.

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The key is in understanding how to use the cycles of ebb and flow to our advantage. The ability to harness these fluctuations, understand how they affect our productivity and mood and then apply that knowledge as a tool to improve our lives is a valuable strategy that few individuals or corporations have mastered.

Here are a few simple steps to start using this strategy today:

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Review Your Past Flow

Take just a few minutes to look back at how your days and weeks have been unfolding. What time of the day are you the most focused? Do you prefer to be more social at certain times of the day? Do you have difficulty concentrating after lunch or are you energized? Are there days when you can’t seem to sit still at your desk and others when you could work on the same project for hours?

Do you see a pattern starting to emerge? Eventually you will discover a sort of map or schedule that charts your individual productivity levels during a given day or week.  That’s the first step. You’ll use this information to plan your days going forward.

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Schedule According to Your Flow Pattern

Look at the types of things you do each day…each week. What can you move around so that it’s a better fit for you? Can you suggest to your team that you schedule meetings for late morning if you can’t stand to be social first thing? Can you schedule detailed project work or highly creative tasks, like writing or designing when you are best able to focus? How about making sales calls or client meetings on days when you are the most social and leaving billing or reports until another time when you are able to close your door and do repetitive tasks.

Keep in mind that everyone is different and some things are out of our control. Do what you can. You might be surprised at just how flexible clients and managers can be when they understand that improving your productivity will result in better outcomes for them.

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Account for Big Picture Fluctuations

Look at the bigger picture. Consider what happens during different months or times during the year. Think about what is going on in the other parts of your life. When is the best time for you to take on a new project, role or responsibility? Take into account other commitments that zap your energy. Do you have a sick parent, a spouse who travels all the time or young children who demand all of your available time and energy?

We all know people who ignore all of this advice and yet seem to prosper and achieve wonderful success anyway, but they are usually the exception, not the rule. For most of us, this habitual tendency to force our bodies and our brains into patterns of working that undermine our productivity result in achieving less than desired results and adding more stress to our already overburdened lives.

Why not follow the ebb and flow of your life instead of fighting against it?

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