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How Emotions Impact Heart Health



One person dies of heart disease every minute in America. However, by proactively living a heart friendly lifestyle, you can mitigate and reduce your risk.

Dr. John Whyte, Chief Medical Officer of WebMD and author of the new book “Take Control of Your Heart Disease Risk,” joins Dr. Phil on his Phil in the Blanks podcast to explain how emotions impact the heart and give you tools to help save a life.

“You just can’t focus on diet and exercise, you need to focus on your emotions as well,” Dr. Whyte says.

“If you're somebody who struggles with depression, anxiety, stress, loneliness, you need to perk up and listen, because this could be contributing to your risk of having a life-altering or life-ending cardiac event,” Dr. Phil says. “It's time to stop ignoring this mind-body connection when it comes to our heart.” New episodes of Phil in the Blanks drop Tuesdays. Listen and subscribe today!


 

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KEY QUOTES & POINTS:


Dr. Phil McGraw: One person every minute dies of heart disease in America. Now, look, this is preventable.


Dr. Phil McGraw: by proactively living a heart-friendly lifestyle, you can mitigate your risk for years to come, and you have the power to reduce your risk.


Dr. John Whyte: You just can't focus on diet and exercise. You need to focus on your emotions as well.


Dr. John Whyte: What we see in people with depression is really this chronic inflammation.


Dr. John Whyte: People that are depressed have elevated levels of C-reactive protein.


Dr. John Whyte: It causes something known as Endothelial dysfunction. Fancy words for it messes up the lining of your blood vessels so it makes them less elastic.


Dr. John Whyte: That's what chronic depression and stress can do to the physical structure of your heart. And people aren't talking enough about that.


Dr. Phil McGraw: there is evidence that that shows that emotions, attitudes such as gratitude. Can have a positive impact on areas of the brain,


Dr. John Whyte: The Bio-Physiologic whole basis of gratitude is changing the way that our brain is processing emotions and then impacting our heart rate and our breathing.


Dr. Phil McGraw: write down a 65 item blessings list.


Dr. Phil McGraw: We are about 30% more efficient if we have an optimistic attitude.


 

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JOHN WHYTE, MD, MPH

Chief Medical Officer, WebMD Author “Take Control of Your Heart Disease Risk” https://www.webmd.com/takecontrol/heartrisk Photo/Bio Credit: WebMD.com

John Whyte, MD, MPH, is a popular physician and writer who has been communicating to the public about health issues for nearly two decades.

Whyte is the Chief Medical Officer, WebMD. In this role, Whyte leads efforts to develop and expand strategic partnerships that create meaningful change around important and timely public health issues. Prior to WebMD, Whyte served as the director of professional affairs and stakeholder engagement at the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Whyte worked with health care professionals, patients, and patient advocates, providing them with a focal point for advocacy, enhanced two-way communication, and collaboration, assisting them in navigating the FDA on issues concerning drug development, review, and drug safety. He also developed numerous initiatives to address diversity in clinical trials.

Prior to this, Whyte worked for nearly a decade as the chief medical expert and