There is a cardiologist in California who asks this question to his patients at every appointment. It appears to be a pretty standard question, but it is actually a super personal question if you think about it. In a cardiologist’s office this question gets to diet, stress level, exercise, and amount of sleep. However, if you’ve ever watched an epidsode of House, you know that people aren’t always the most honest in the doctors office. To really get at the true status of a patients heart, a cardiologist runs stress tests. The way your heart responds under pressure is the most accurate picture of your heart’s health.
Stress brings out the truth about your heart’s status; but not just our physical heart.
It’s so easy in daily life to put on the facade of being great. When everything is easy and peaceful, we can convince ourselves and others that the state of our hearts are double-rainbows and unicorn happiness. But what happens when your life gets hard, complicated, and messy? How do you respond? And what does that say about the state of your heart.
I’ve always considered myself to be super open; to a fault perhaps. My best friend once said that one of my weaknessess was not protecting my heart. I didn’t mind though, I wore my heart on my sleeve with pride. Convinced that anyone in my life deserved privleges to all of me.
In July/August, when I was waiting for test results from my mom’s colon cancer diagnosis… I shut down in a lot of ways; and I wonder now how much that says about the current state of my heart. My not-talking feels like it is me being closed off from people; something I am not particularly happy about. Maybe my heart isn’t as open as I thought it was.