SCIENCE-BASED MENTAL WELLNESS
Dr. Lorrie Fisher PhD, MFT, BCN, NBCFCH
Accelerated Online Therapies
Heart Rate Variability Biofeedback
Your heart and brain are richly interconnected through your central nervous system. Because of those connections, the health of your brain impacts your heart (anxiety, depression, panic), and the health of your heart similarly impacts your brain.
For this reason, you can train your brain and your heart rate and blood pressure may improve, or you can train your heart rate and your mood and thinking may improve.
Your brain is constantly monitoring delivery of oxygen to itself by your cardiovascular system. When you inhale, your arteries deliver oxygen to every cell in your body.
Because this is so important (breathe or die), your heart is designed to pump faster when you inhale, and it gets to slow down and rest as you exhale. This increase in heartrate as you inhale and decrease as you exhale is called Heart Rate Variability.
Doctors know that if a person's heart is beating at a constant rate, with no variability, that person is at risk of imminent heart failure. Variability is a measure of adaptability and health.
Scientists have learned how to help people increase their heart rate variability. When people learn this skill, their physical and emotional health, and even their athletic and musical skill, benefits in many ways.
At Fisher Behavior, Heart Rate Variability training is often recommended, especially for mood disorders and chronic health conditions.
Interesting? Request a complimentary consultation with Dr. Fisher.
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