"Study after study shows that people who are lonely, depressed, and isolated are three to five times more likely to die prematurely than people who feel connection in their life,” says Dr. Ornish.
Dr. Dean Ornish is an American physician and researcher. He is the president and founder of the nonprofit Preventive medicine Research Institute in Sausalito, California. Dr. Ornish discovered Ornish Lifestyle Medicine, the scientifically proven program to reverse heart disease. His approach to treating heart disease through radical diet modification and exercise generated significant debate in the medical community.
In 1984 he began the Lifestyle Heart Trial, a controlled study of the effects of a low-fat diet and stress management regimen. In addition to giving up smoking and fatty foods, he included yoga, meditation and a support group.
Dr. Ornish himself suffered from isolation and depression as a young medical student and believes that the s...
Extreme stress can literally break your heart. Research is now clear that major life stressors cause the heart to break, suddenly, or to break down progressively over time.
Sudden heart “attacks” are caused by shocks. Witnessing shocking situations like a car accident, domestic violence, natural disasters or the death of a loved one, person or pet. Hearing of bad news qualifies for a sudden heart attack in some people when they are susceptible. For instance, the shock of a medical diagnosis, the news of loss of person, property, job or financial loss can be enough to “stun” the heart with a cascade of hormones causing collapse of function.
Progressive “ broken” heart occurs over time as the heart muscle weakens from chronic exposure to stress. This happens most frequently in women. Heart disease is the number one killer of women. Sadly, due to lack of research on women, th...