May 8, 2012


Posted in Hypnosis, Medical Hypnosis, Self Hypnosis, Stress Management, Uncategorized at 6:52 am by hypnosiscenterofva

More and more research is finding there is a link between our mental health and our heart health.  “We know that anger, depression and even loneliness release stress hormones like adrenaline and cortisol,” says Mimi Guarneri, MD, Director of the Scripps Center for Integrative Medicine in La Jolla, CA.   Stress hormones cause the blood pressure to rise.  Adrenaline and cortisol are the “fight or flight” hormones. Not only do these hormones cause stress upon the heart, cortisol contributes to abdominal obesity as well as type II diabetes.  These are well documented risk factors for heart disease according to Dr. Guarneri.  She also says that, “Eighty percent of illness is related to lifestyle and environment.” 

You can make healthy choices and alter a downward pattern in your health.  Did you know that anger is a hazard to your heart?  Recent research published in the journal Circulation found that healthy women who scored high on tests of cynical hostility had higher rates of coronary heart disease and mortality than women who tested high for optimism. 

A study from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD found that medical students who were quick to anger when they were stressed were several times more likely to develop early heart disease than those who were calmer. 

Studies have been done which showed that transcendental meditation which allows the mind to relax,  was associated with a marked reduction in heart attacks and strokes.  The Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis recently concluded that a history of major depression increased the risk for heart disease more than genetics or environment. 

Some people use relaxation techniques (also called relaxation response techniques) to release tension and to counteract the ill effects of stress. Relaxation techniques often combine breathing and focused attention on pleasing thoughts and images to calm the mind and the body. Some examples of relaxation response techniques are autogenic training, biofeedback, deep breathing, guided imagery, progressive relaxation, and self-hypnosis. Mind and body practices, such as meditation and yoga are also sometimes considered relaxation techniques – National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine

Hypnosis Center of Virginia is a hypnosis certification and training center located in Virginia Beach, Virginia. We offer a Hypnosis Certification program that is accredited by the National Guild of Hypnotists and approved for continuing education credits for RNs and CRNAs.  For additional course details, visit our website at

Hypnosis Center of Virginia is affiliated with Healthy Visions. Healthy Visions is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Alabama State Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation (ANCC).   Approved for 40 CE Credits Code # 5-133-101.Exp. 7/15/14 

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