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April Stress Awareness Month

The mind-body connection is more than just a catchphrase: A new study finds that increased levels of stress are indeed linked to greater risk of a heart attack or stroke.

Researchers found that study participants who had more activity in an area of the brain that regulates the body's response to stress and fear, called the amygdala, were more likely to have a heart attack or stroke than those with less activity in the amygdala, according to the study.

"This study identifies, for the first time in animal models or humans, the region of the brain that links stress to the risk of heart attack or stroke," noted lead study author Dr. Ahmed Tawakol, a cardiologist at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, said in a statement. [*Heart of the Matter: 7 Things to Know About Your Ticker]

With this in mind, here are some tips to reduce or keep your stress levels low.



Tips to Reduce Stress

Have a good laugh
They say laughter is the best medicine. By laughing your body releases endorphins, which are the body’s natural feel-good chemicals. Endorphins will help you with an overall sense of well-being and can even temporarily relieve pain.

Release your artistic talents
One excellent way of releasing stress is by painting. The activity will take your mind off the stress that is currently in your life and will ease relaxation.

De-clutter your home
If your home is a mess you are going to feel even more stressed. A home clear of clutter will mean you will start to have a clear mind and start to think more positively.

Consider getting a pet
Research has shown that the love you give to a pet dog or cat reduces your stress as you are giving unconditional love to your pet.

Spending time with a pet can ease depression and there is evidence that it can lower your blood pressure as well.

Take a bath
You cannot beat a good soak to relax.

Plan a trip away
Even a short day-trip can relieve stress.  The change of scenery will make you feel great.

Get a massage
Not only will a good massage relieve your physical pain but research has shown that a good massage can be helpful in fighting stress, improving your mood and can help you sleep soundly.

And finally…….one we all forget at times…..
Be thankful for what you have in life
So often we all think of the negatives in our lives instead of the positives. Remember there are people who care for you!

Renton Community Health Fair - May 13, 2017

Students from all three Renton public high schools participating in the Teen Take Heart program are on their way to becoming Healthy Heart Ambassadors.

These ambassadors will be reaching out to their community with heart healthy education and tools at the Renton Community Health Fair on Saturday, May 13th. Come join us and support these Healthy Heart Ambassadors!


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Upcoming Events

Give Big - May 10










The annual Give Big Campaign is coming up on May 10, with early giving beginning on April 27th. Please consider supporting The Hope during Give Big!

You Can:

Equip – CPR can double or triple your chance of survival from cardiac arrest.  The Hope provides no-cost hands only CPR training to aid response in the event of a cardiac emergency.   You can provide life-saving training for 20 individuals with a $50 gift.

You Can:

Educate – Up to 80% of cardiovascular disease is preventable.  The Hope delivers no-cost heart health curriculum for K-12 students to inspire lifelong healthy habits. You can provide the supplies needed for 1 student to participate by making a $35 gift.   

You Can:

Empower – You are empowered to change the course of cardiovascular disease by making a heartfelt gift to The Hope.

*Online giving begins April 27th


Mother's Day 1/2 Marathon - May 14

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Celebrate Mother's Day in athletic splendor!
1/2 Marathon Run or Walk
5k Run & Walk

  • Finisher Medals
  • Tech Shirts
  • Free Kids Dash
  • Mimosa & Wine Garden

Support The Hope at this year's Virginia Mason Kirkland Mother's Day 1/2 Marathon. $1 of your registration will be donated to the Hope. You can also Fundraise through friends & family to Change the Course of Cardiovascular disease.

Sign up to participate today!

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