Better Heart Health With Dr Erica Steele

Speaker 1: Welcome back. About one in every four deaths in the United States is caused by heart disease, and today we’re gonna discuss risks prevention and for Valentine’s Day, the role of emotions in heart health. Joining us now is Dr. Erica Steele from Holistic Family Practice in Virginia Beach. We found you.

Speaker 2: We did. Oh my gosh. I know. Instead of where’s. Swears, Dr. Steele? Yes.

Speaker 1: All right, so first of all, this is a serious topic, especially in the month of February, which is heart and one, what are the main causes of heart disease?

Speaker 2: So ironically, of course we know the general ones like genetics and things of that regard, but a lot of it’s largely lifestyle. A lot of it’s smoking and poor diet and not exercising, and really just overall not taking care of one.

Speaker 1: One thing interesting in the lead in was about the role emotions play. Yeah. So tell me about that.

Speaker 2: Yeah, it’s fascinating. I’m in a class for my PhD and right now we talk about type A personalities and perfectionists, right? And so I’m recovering.
Speaker 1: Oh yeah, me too. I don’t think I’ve recovered, but go ahead. It’s okay.

Speaker 2: Every day is a new day, so none. We tend to judge ourselves, criticize ourselves harshly. And we think that we’re not enough. And so that actually leads to greater risk of cardiovascular disease. Wow. Okay.

Speaker 1: And I know they call it the silent killer because sometimes the symptoms are really hard to define or try to identify. So what are some of the people who are most at risk for heart disease?

Speaker 2: As we know, especially minorities and especially minorities. And I think it’s because a lot to do with the stigmas.

We, as women of color, tend to hold onto a lot. We tend to bury the shoulders of responsibilities emotionally. We hold things in, people think we’re strong, there’s all those kinds of stigmas. Not to say that other people don’t experience it as well, but I think. When we exclude ourselves from our lives, we’re not really being fully present.

We’re not taking care of ourselves. We’re not drinking the water, we’re not moving our bodies, we’re not eating well. We’re stressing out. We’re actually not attached to our emotions. We’re disconnected from our emotions. All of those things really play in we’re, very much in a survival society and that really. To chronic disease, especially cardiovascular disease.
Speaker 1: Yeah. Okay. So how do we prevent it? How do we even nip it in the bud? Like maybe we have kids and Yeah, we wanna stop it early.

Speaker 2: Yeah. I really think it’s about presence. And, getting back to the basics, meaning like, When you first wake up, prayer, meditation, setting the intention for your day, drinking water, half your body weight ounces in water every day, eating adequate amounts of protein.I talk about it all the time on this show. Protein helps the body to repair and heal. Moving our body, even if it’s simple as taking the stairs or parking, the farthest parking spot from the store. Incorporating those things and really creating a healthy. Lifestyle is gonna really help you overall.

Speaker 1: Okay. I’m thinking, I’m trying to take the stairs. Yeah, I’m trying to do all the things that you’re saying. So what if that is not enough?

Speaker 2: Obviously there’s providers like myself , right? There’s doctors that can help. Some people need medications. They need stabilizers, especially if they’re unwilling to take personal responsibility for their health, and they just continue to do the same thing and expect a different result.

So thank God we have excellent surgeons. We have that cardiac hospital here. We have excellent medications for people that are really not willing to take that personal responsibility Naturally. I’m looking for people who really wanna change their lifestyle, right? Who really? Take personal empowerment and they wanna do something, they wanna be in an action.

We’re not a victim of our genes. Our genes are only about less than 30% of our actual overall health. So meaning that you can have a gene that, let’s say is hypertensive, but because you have a healthy lifestyle, you’re not necessarily gonna manifest it. So I think people sometimes get into a powerless state with their health and they just throw their hands up and say, there’s nothing I can do. But that’s not really true.

Speaker 1: Okay. Now you’re doing a cooking class. I am. Which is one of them. Because if you eat better, yes. You can live better, of course.

Speaker 2: And I find that many people don’t know how to eat. They get, they’re like, overwhelmed. And they’re like, what do I do? I wanna eat healthy, but how do I do it? And so I started cooking classes this year to really teach people how to eat well. And I do a full. Spread. It’s breakfast, lunch, dinner, and a snack for the day. We get all the macronutrients in there, your proteins, fats, and carbs. So everybody will, I dunno, you could cook. Can I gotta take your class so I can learn? Thank you.

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