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Something Happened To My Heart

One evening, I invited Jesus Christ into my heart. What an entrance He made! It was not a spectacular, emotional thing, but very real. Something happened at the very center of my life. He came into the darkness of my heart and turned on the light. He built a fire on the hearth and banished the chill. He started music where there had been stillness, and He filled the emptiness with His own loving, wonderful fellowship. I have never regretted opening the door to Christ and I never will.

Something Happened To My Heart

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In these verses, Jesus sets out for us the symptoms of a hardened heart: the inability to see, the inability to understand, the inability to hear, and the inability to remember. Tragically a hardened heart makes us deaf, blind, and unperceiving to the things God wants us to know and understand. It robs us of the abundant life He intends for us.

These fluctuations are undetectable except with specialized devices. While heart rate variability may be present in healthy individuals, it can still indicate the presence of health problems, including heart conditions and mental health issues like anxiety and depression.

Once the situation that put you into fight-or-flight mode is over, your parasympathetic nervous system takes the lead. It tells your heart rate to slow back down and lowers your blood pressure. It also tells various systems of your body to relax or go back to how they normally work.

The variances in your heart rate are very small, so it takes specialized equipment or devices to detect them. Modern technology has reached a point where non-medical devices that can track heart rate variability are affordable and easy to find.

In a medical setting, an electrocardiogram machine (also called an EKG) is usually used to detect heart rate variability. This device, which measures the electrical activity of your heart using sensors attached to the skin of your chest, is highly accurate. Healthcare providers can also send you home wearing a monitor that tracks heart rate variability continuously for longer periods of time. The length of time that your heart rate variability is monitored can be anywhere from a few minutes to 24 hours. Longer monitoring times tend to give the best data.

The majority of wrist-worn fitness devices and trackers track your heart rate through your skin. Unfortunately, this means they usually aren't sensitive enough to detect heart rate variability accurately.

There are a few different ways that you can improve your heart rate variability. Some involve improving your physical condition. Others include taking care of your mental health. Here are a few general things you can do:

The prognosis following heart bypass surgery is both good and has improved over the past three decades. In fact, the survival rate for bypass patients who make it through the first month after the operation is close to that of the population in general. But 8-10 years after a heart bypass operation, mortality increases by 60-80 per cent. This is new and important knowledge for the doctors who monitor these patients.

This is the main conclusion of a comprehensive national register-based study that sheds light on the thirty-year prognosis following a heart bypass operation, which has just been published by the Department of Clinical Epidemiology under the Department of Clinical Medicine at Aarhus University. The basis for the study is all of the approx. 51,000 Danish patients who have undergone surgery in the period 1980 -- 2009. They have subsequently been correlated with a control group of 500,000 people of the same age and gender drawn at random from the general population.

"Our register study covers all patients who underwent bypass surgery throughout the last decades throughout Denmark, and there will naturally be differences in the prognosis from patient to patient. So the clinicians who are in contact with the patients should therefore assess their prognosis individually -- and there are special reasons to do this after the initial eight -ten years, as we now know that 'something' happens," says Kasper Adelborg about the perspectives of the study, which is currently being tweeted all over the world -- and which has triggered a personal email to Kasper Adelborg from the journal's chief editor, who is impressed by the possibilities for studying long-term prognosis following heart bypass surgery using high quality data.

"It is well-known that there are risks associated with a complicated operation in the heart, but fortunately mortality in connection with the surgery itself is quite low. What is new is that we have precise figures for the prognosis, including the long-term prognosis for patients who have undergone bypass surgery, compared with the rest of the population," says Kasper Adelborg.

I started working on something totally different, with my soundtrack running in the background on my computer, running toward that loud bang. When it hit, I jumped. My heart rate increased, I gasped, the whole thing. And the same thing happened with every boom. Every time, I forgot about the soundtrack by immersing myself in a new task, and then BOOM, it startled me again.

In 2015, Maram was expecting her second child. As with her first pregnancy, Maram needed another echocardiogram to check the status of her heart. She went to OSF HealthCare Saint Elizabeth Medical Center in Ottawa, Illinois, to get the test done.

Dr. Knepp informed Maram that she was indeed born with a congenital heart defect, and it would be something she would need continuous care for the rest of her life. He also said her pulmonary valve would need to be replaced after her son was born.

Take time to collect information about your family health history of heart disease, and share this information with your doctor and other family members. Your doctor can help you take steps to lower your chances of getting heart disease.

Each year in the United States, about 659,000 people die from heart disease. Some medical conditions, such as high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and diabetes, and lifestyle factors, such as an unhealthy diet, lack of physical activity, and smoking, can make you more likely to develop heart disease. In addition, having close blood relatives with heart disease can make you more likely to get heart disease.

If you have a family health history of heart disease, collect information on your relatives with heart disease, including what age they were diagnosed. This is especially important if you have a parent, brother, or sister with heart disease. Share this information with your doctor so you can work together on steps to lower your chances of getting heart disease.

Some people, like Rhiannon, have a common genetic disorder called familial hypercholesterolemia (FH). People with FH have increased levels of LDL cholesterol, which makes them more likely to develop heart disease at a younger age and increases their risk of dying from the disease. For many people with FH, diet and exercise alone are not enough to control their cholesterol levels, and they require medications such as statins.

It's thanks to those fast-thinking students and persistent teachers that, six weeks later, Holiday is around to tell his story. He says he doesn't remember the week before or after his heart attack -- just waking up in the hospital.

My heart is fixed, O God, my heart is fixed: I will sing and give praise. Awake up, my glory; awake, psaltery and harp: I myself will awake early. I will praise thee, O Lord, among the people: I will sing unto thee among the nations. For thy mercy is great unto the heavens, and thy truth unto the clouds. Be thou exalted, O God, above the heavens: let thy glory be above all the earth.

So as you listen to this episode, I pray you will learn that you can set boundaries for your heart! Remember, nothing is more powerful than our God, and He will give you all you need to find peace, freedom, and victory when it comes to your overwhelming emotion.

Alison Cook: Exactly. So the reason we landed on this idea of boundaries for your soul, for your internal world, is exactly what I was just saying. It's this compartmentalizing that we have to learn to do, right? So just because I feel an emotion, a part of me is carrying an emotion inside. So let's say right now, whatever happened prior to you and me coming online here together today -- right? -- I am guessing there are things that happen, that you have emotions about, that you had to learn -- you had to say to yourself, whether consciously or not, I've got to set that aside because I need to show up for this conversation with Alison today.

Alison Cook: That's setting a boundary within your soul. You're saying, I've got to set a boundary on that because I need to show up for this. And we can do this. We can do this. We can actually compartmentalize our emotions in a healthy way, which is very different from just ignoring, denying, rejecting what we're feeling. A healthy boundary says, Man, I'm feeling sad today and I need to create a space for that, because that's valid and that's real, something's happened that's caused me to feel sad. But I can also set a healthy boundary around that sadness so that it doesn't sort of bleed into everything else that I need to do today and pay attention to today.

Alison Cook: And so that's the first step, is to kind of focus on it. And if you think about when you focus on something, you're seeing it, you're bringing it out in front of you, you're naming it. And that right there, that first step, disempowers some of the chaos. Oh, man, I'm sad. Okay, I've named it. And then the second step, which is harder for people, is to befriend it. And all that means is when I notice that, instead of beating myself up, criticizing myself, wishing I didn't feel that way, what's wrong with me, why can't I just get it together, all the things we do -- right? -- which is self-critical, we say, okay, this is how I'm feeling. Can I at the very least -- if I can't befriend how I'm feeling, can I at the very least -- the other word we use is "get curious." Just get curious. This is what's happening. This is what is. So we start to note -- we focus on it and then we try to shift toward just a posture of curiosity or compassion. 041b061a72

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