stress cardiomyopathy Kenneth Lay Broken Heart Syndrome
Peggy Noonan, such a deep thinker, compassionate human, and great writer put it to us -- that Kenneth Lay died of a broken heart. The gist of her article was that we are all human, we make mistakes, we all need a second chance (a 5th, a 100th), and that that is no longer possible in today's world.
There is no place to run, no place to hide.
Someone said to me what a travesty it was that he never served time, "and all those people lost their money." Goodness. Is death not a high enough price to pay?
Of course being in the field of emotional intelligence (EQ), what I first thought of when I read about Lay was stress cardiomyopathy -- a syndrome commonly called "Broken Heart Syndrome," which occurs after a shock, loss, or tragedy. Individuals show up in the ER with all the symptoms of a heart attack, though there is no former heart pathology. They recover without effect.
Lay, evidently, had heart disease before, according to the autopsy. And his stress was long-term, chronic.
Our emotions do effect our health. There is, in reality, no mind-body split. 5 minutes of anger can suppress the immune system for up to 6 hours, and our immune system is our health.
Depression causes heart disease. Type D personality (anxious and depressed) is the most prone to heart disease.
Heart disease. The condition of the decade. The human condition?
For reasons hopefully not as extreme or anti-social as Lay's, we often have to reinvent ourselves during our lifetimes. While we can't run, and can't hide, we can lose major sources of our identity -- a spouse or a child dies, we lose our career, or retire. We feel "lost."
Study EQ with me and learn more. Your health is at stake -- physical, mental, emotional and spiritual.