In 2012, Dr. Carolyn Dean was honored with an award from the Arrhythmia Alliance, celebrating her outstanding medical contribution to services for cardiac rhythm management. The awards event was organized by HRS, the Heart Rhythm Society, and held at the Heart Rhythm Congress between the 23rd and 26th of September 2012.
When mentioning the award in response to a reader of her blog, Dr. Dean was informed that it should be called the ‘Making Miserable People Happy Award!’ The blog reader had begun taking magnesium supplements after reading Dr. Carolyn Dean’s book, The Magnesium Miracle, after doctors had told her there was little they could do to help her with the frequent heart palpitations she had been experiencing for several years.
Since beginning the supplement, the reader’s life had changed drastically. The heart palpitations stopped almost overnight and she stated that she felt she had a new lease on life.
HRS: Dealing with Arrhythmia
Heart palpitations may also be referred to as arrhythmia, or problems with the rhythm of the heart. More information about arrhythmia can be found in the PDF attachment to this post.
HRS is a non-profit organization established in 1979 to promote education and research into heart rhythm disorders, working to improve patient care, end death and suffering, and optimize health care standards and policies.
The specialty organization is a globally leading resource on electrophysiology and cardiac pacing and is represented by professionals from over 70 countries worldwide. These professionals have backgrounds in the science, allied health and medical professions and exert knowledge of and experience with cardiac rhythm disorders.
Happiness for a Healthier Lifestyle
Various studies and anecdotal evidence suggest that happier people are more likely to live healthier lifestyles. One study, which had 7,000 participants, found that people who reported a positive outlook were 47% more likely than their less positive counterparts to consume a diet rich in fresh fruits and vegetables.
The same study showed that positive people were 33% more likely to get a minimum of 10 hours of physical exercise per week. Higher intakes of vegetables and fruit combined with higher levels of exercise have long been proven to have myriad health benefits, including decreased risk of heart disease. Some statistics for cardiovascular disease can be viewed in the infographic attachment.
Better sleep patterns have also been associated with happier outlooks on life, although further research may be required before this can be confirmed.
Happiness for a Healthier Heart
There is also evidence to suggest that when people are happier, they are at lower risk of high blood pressure and of stress, both of which are linked to an increased risk of heart disease. One 10-year study of 1,500 people found the risk of developing heart disease was 22% lower among the people in the study who identified as happiest. People also produce lower levels of cortisol, the stress hormone, when they are happier. Cortisol is also linked to high blood pressure leading to increased risk of heart disease.
Making Miserable People Happy
The reader of Dr. Carolyn Dean’s blog suggested that her happiness level improved dramatically after taking magnesium supplements, leading to her heart palpitations ceasing. The following improvements in the reader’s happiness levels will likely provide long-term benefits for her health in numerous ways, helping reduce risk of heart disease as well as stopping the palpitations that were causing her distress.
Magnesium itself has also been associated with a healthy heart. You can discover more about magnesium for heart health by watching the short video attachment.