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A woman who had a heart attack 6 months earlier, asks what imagery would be best to add to her regim

30 Aug
A woman who had a heart attack 6 months earlier, asks what imagery would be best to add to her regimen of weight loss, exercise, massage and work with a personal trainer..
Question:

I had a heart attack 6 months ago, and I wonder which of your CDs would be best for me: Healthy Heart or Cardiac Rehab & ICU...or another one? I have lost some weight, exercise daily, have a personal trainer, a massage therapist, and a counselor, and I do not think I am depressed. I am just working on healing my heart.
Alice



Alice,
If you didn''t have major surgery, and your heart attack was 6 months ago, you don''t need the Cardiac Rehab & ICU imagery - that’s for recovery from cardiac surgery in the ICU and step-down units of the hospital, and immediately afterward upon returning home.

I''d go for the Healthy Heart imagery for starters - that focuses on healthy arteries and blood pressure and this seems like a good focus for you. You might want to try our Weight Loss imagery, too, for added support for your efforts at achieving a healthy weight. Emmett Miller’s Down with High Blood Pressure would also be a good pick.

It sounds like you''ve initiated a great program for yourself. At some point, you might be interested in adding more general stress reduction imagery (Relaxation & Wellness, for instance) or some mindfulness meditation by Jon Kabat-Zinn or Conscious Breathing by Andy Weil. But there''s no need to load up on CDs now - start with one or two and see how you like them. And then, if you do like them, wait ‘til you get bored with them to switch to others (most people reach a"saturation effect" after a 6-8 weeks of regular listening, but it varies greatly from person to person. And after a brief interruption, they feel fresh again to most people.)

And of course, given the very encouraging findings in today’s Hot Research column about yoga and hypertension, I’d also recommend giving hatha yoga a try.

Belleruth Naparstek

Psychotherapist, author and guided imagery pioneer Belleruth Naparstek is the creator of the popular Health Journeys guided imagery audio series. Her latest book on imagery and posttraumatic stress, Invisible Heroes: Survivors of Trauma and How They Heal (Bantam Dell), won the Spirituality & Health Top 50 Books Award