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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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Shelly Green

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Last Updated on June 20, 2019

Science Says Guitar Players’ Brains Are Different From Others’

Science Says Guitar Players’ Brains Are Different From Others’

There’s nothing quite like picking up a guitar and strumming out some chords. Listening to someone playing the guitar can be mesmerising, it can evoke emotion and a good guitar riff can bring out the best of a song. Many guitar players find a soothing, meditative quality to playing, along with the essence of creating music or busting out an acoustic version of their favourite song. But how does playing the guitar affect the brain?

More and more scientific studies have been looking into how people who play the guitar have different brain functions compared to those who don’t. What they found was quite astonishing and backed up what many guitarists may instinctively know deep down.

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Guitar Players’ Brains Can Synchronise

You didn’t read that wrong! Yes, a 2012 study[1] was conducted in Berlin that looked at the brains of guitar players. The researchers took 12 pairs of players and got them to play the same piece of music while having their brains scanned.

During the experiment, they found something extraordinary happening to each pair of participants – their brains were synchronising with each other. So what does this mean? Well, the neural networks found in the areas of the brain associated with social cognition and music production were most activated when the participants were playing their instruments. In other words, their ability to connect with each other while playing music was exceptionally strong.

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Guitar Players Have a Higher Intuition

Intuition is described as “the ability to understand something instinctively, without the need for conscious reasoning” and this is exactly what’s happening when two people are playing the guitar together.

The ability to synchronise their brains with each other, stems from this developed intuitive talent indicating that guitar players have a definite spiritual dexterity to them. Not only do their brains synchronise with another player, but they can also even anticipate what is to come before and after a set of chords without consciously knowing. This explains witnessing a certain ‘chemistry’ between players in a band and why many bands include brothers who may have an even stronger connection.

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This phenomenon is actually thought to be down to the way guitarists learn how to play – while many musicians learn through reading sheet music, guitar players learn more from listening to others play and feeling their way through the chords. This also shows guitarists have exceptional improvisational skills[2] and quick thinking.

Guitar Players Use More of Their Creative, Unconscious Brain

The same study carried out a different experiment, this time while solo guitarists were shredding. They found that experienced guitar players were found to deactivate the conscious part of their brain extremely easily meaning they were able to activate the unconscious, creative and less practical way of thinking more efficiently.

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This particular area of the brain – the right temporoparietal junction – typically deactivates with ‘long term goal orientation’ in order to stop distractions to get goals accomplished. This was in contrast to the non-guitarists who were unable to shut off the conscious part of their brain which meant they were consciously thinking more about what they were playing.

This isn’t to say that this unconscious way of playing can’t be learnt. Since the brain’s plasticity allows new connections to be made depending on repeated practice, the guitar player’s brain can be developed over time but it’s something about playing the guitar in particular that allows this magic to happen.

Conclusion

While we all know musicians have very quick and creative brains, it seems guitar players have that extra special something. Call it heightened intuition or even a spiritual element – either way, it’s proven that guitarists are an exceptional breed unto themselves!

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