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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, 2019

10 Powerful Ways to Stop Worrying and Start Living Today

10 Powerful Ways to Stop Worrying and Start Living Today

Plato knew that the body and mind are intimately linked. And in the late 1800s, the Mayo brothers, famous physicians, estimated that over half of all hospital beds are filled with people suffering from frustration, anxiety, worry and despair. Causes of worry are everywhere, in our relationships and our jobs, so it’s key we find ways to take charge of the stress.

In his classic book How to Stop Worrying and Start Living, Dale Carnegie offers tools to ditch excessive worrying that help you make a worry-free environment for your private and professional life.

These are the top 10 tips to grab worry by the horns and wrestle it to the ground:

1. Make Your Decision and Never Look Back

Have you ever made a decision in life only to second-guess it afterwards? Of course you have! It’s hard not to wonder whether you’ve done the right thing and whether there might still be time to take another path.

But keep this in mind: you’ve already made your decision, so act decisively on it and dismiss all your anxiety about it.

Don’t stop to hesitate, to reconsider, or to retrace your steps. Once you’ve chosen a course of action, stick to it and never waver.

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2. Live for Today, Package Things up in “Day-Tight Compartments”

You know that feeling: tossing, turning and worrying over something that happened or something that might, well into the wee hours. To avoid this pointless worrying, you need “day-tight compartments”. Much as a ship has different watertight compartments, your own “day-tight” ones are a way to limit your attention to the present day.

The rule is simple: whatever happened in the past or might happen in the future must not intrude upon today. Everything else has to wait its turn for tomorrow’s box or stay stuck in the past.

3. Embrace the Worst-Case Scenario and Strategize to Offset It

If you’re worried about something, ask yourself: “What’s the worst thing that could happen?” Could you lose your job? Be jailed? Get killed?

Whatever the “worst” might be, it’s probably not so world-ending. You could probably even bounce back from it!

If, for example, you lose your job, you could always find another. Once you accept the worst-case scenario and get thinking about contingency plans, you’ll feel calmer.

4. Put a Lid on Your Worrying

Sometimes we stress endlessly about negative experiences when just walking away from them would serve us far better.

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To make squashing that worry easier, try this strategy, straight from stock traders: it’s called the “stop-loss” order, where shares are bought at a certain price, and then their price development is observed. If things go badly and the share price hits a certain point, they are sold off immediately. This stops the loss from increasing further.

In the same manner, you can put a stop-loss order on things that cause you stress and grief.

5. Fake It ‘Til You Make It – Happiness, That Is

We can’t directly influence how we feel, but we can nudge ourselves to change through how we think and act.

If you’re feeling sad or low, slap a big grin on your face and whistle a chipper tune. You’ll find it impossible to be blue when acting cheerful. But you don’t necessarily need to act outwardly happy; you can simply think happier thoughts instead.

Marcus Aurelius summed it up aptly:

“Our life is what our thoughts make it.”

6. Give for the Joy of Giving

When we perform acts of kindness, we often do so with the expectation of gratitude. But harboring such expectations will probably leave you disappointed.

One person well aware of this fact was the lawyer Samuel Leibowitz. Over the course of his career, Leibowitz saved 78 people from going to the electric chair. Guess how many thanked him? None.

So stop expecting gratitude when you’re kind to someone. Instead, take joy from the act yourself.

7. Dump Envy – Enjoy Being Uniquely You

Your genes are completely unique. Even if someone had the same parents as you, the likelihood of someone identical to you being born is just one in 300,000 billion.

Despite this amazing fact, many of us long to be someone else, thinking the grass is greener on the other side of the fence. But living your life this way is pointless. Embrace your uniqueness and get comfortable with who you really are: How to Be True to Yourself and Live the Life You Want

8. Haters Will Hate — It Just Means You’re Doing It Right

When you’re criticized, it often means you’re accomplishing something noteworthy. In fact, let’s take it a step further and consider this: the more you’re criticized, the more influential and important a person you likely are.

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So the next time somebody talks you down, don’t let it get to you. Take it as a compliment!

9. Chill Out! Learn to Rest Before You Get Tired

Scientists agree that emotions are the most common cause of fatigue. And it works the other way around, too: fatigue produces more worries and negative emotions.

It should be clear, therefore, that you’ve got to relax regularly before you feel tired. Otherwise, worries and fatigue will accumulate on top of each other.

It’s impossible to worry when you are relaxed, and regular rest helps you maintain your ability to work effectively.

10. Get Organized and Enjoy Your Work

There are few greater sources of misery in life than having to work, day in, day out, in a job you despise. It would make sense then that you shouldn’t pick a job you hate, or even just dislike doing.

But say you already have a job. How can you make it more enjoyable and worry-free? One way is to stay organized: a desk full of unanswered mails and memos is sure to breed worries.

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