The heart is called Hrdya in Ayurveda.
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The Heart & Your SoulThe soul is close to heart - the meaning of one's life, the meaning of everything, is stored here. The heart is the center of our identity. We point to the heart when we say, "Here I am" because the heart is the place where the body and the mind come together. Felicity (deep abiding joy) is the best emotional medicine for the heart, encouraged by a habit of praising those around you and God, and marveling at God's creation.
Blood DeficiencyAs the blood (rakta dhatu) becomes deficient (anemic), the heart rate speeds up. The effect of a pounding heart is to activate the mind, creating anxiety and making a person jumpy, easily startled.
Weak HeartA weak or understimulated heart muscle leads to poor circulation, making a person pale, and swollen (a common condition in the elderly). The limbs may be cold, a person will have a lack of zest and may be introverted. There may be shortness of breath on exertion.
It is important to keep your heart strong with 20 minutes of cardiovascular activity daily. Strengthen the heart by keep the blood balanced and strong (including rasa and rakta dhatu).
Toxins Disturb the HeartThe heart is easily disturbed by ama, which can cause palpitations. Pain in the heart area should always be checked by a doctor, as it may indicate cramping of the heart due to poor blood flow and an impending heart attack.
Heart & StressFind good stress management techniques to keep your heart relaxed when your mind is under pressure.
Cardioavascular DiseaseHeart health is affected by circulatory health, which is in turn affected by blood vessel health (vascular health). Cardioavascular Disease(CVD) is the number one cause of death - responsible for as many of 30% of deaths worldwide. Diabetes, chronic inflammation, smoking, lack of exercise, high blood pressure, and hyperlipidemia are significant factors leading to buildup of plaque, damage to vascular muscle, and atherosclerosis (athero = paste, sclerosis = hardening) of the arteries. Cardiovascular disease develops slowly, over many years.
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