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Long-Lasting Effects of a Natural Disaster

Natural disasters can strike fast, often without warning—much like a heart attack. Protecting your heart from stressors in your surrounding environment along with maintaining a heart healthy lifestyle will keep you out of harm’s way, if you happen to cross its path.

October went out in a less than fashionably manner when super storm Sandy devastated much of the East coast, leaving families without homes, cars, or electricity. While many are still recovering from the aftereffects of Hurricane Sandy, the damage may be unending for individuals who had fallen victim to the devastation.

How can you protect your heart from the unthinkable?

According to a Global News report, Clinical psychologist, Dr. Katy Kamkar at the Psychological Trauma Program at the Center for Addiction in Toronto says, “Natural disasters represent a significant risk factor to the mental health of trauma survivors. The more direct our exposure is to the natural disaster and the more involved we are, the more it is likely to influence us.”

Mental health and heart disease are very closely linked and should not be overlooked. Sustaining good mental health is important for the entire body, especially the heart.

Medical News Today released a study that found that cardiovascular disease was lowest in adults who had the best mental health, while on the contrary; cardiovascular disease was higher among adults with major and minor depressive episodes.

If you suffer from depression and would like to speak to a local cardiologist about your cardiovascular health, contact the Long Island Heart Associates today.


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