My Heart & Mind with Sallie Crawley

My Heart & Mind with Sallie Crawley

Together we will explore the art of living happy after a cardiac event. Helping you to get your emotional power back. To gain control of your life, your mind and body. After a heart attack, cardiac arrest or when living with heart disease, it’s not just your physical body that has life-altering changes and needs rehabilitation. My show focusses on your mindset, your thoughts and feelings, so you can feel good now. Each episode will be about sharing ideas, tips and tricks to transform how you feel after a cardiac trauma. It's about rehabilitation for how you think and your emotions so you can love the life you live. Listen to ‘how to’ episodes, interviews and Q&A sessions. If you’ve had a cardiac event yourself or you’re the partner or friend of someone who has then this podcast is for you. It’s about you and for you, so you can be the best you.

Episodes

April 29, 2022 29 min

Quit hiding your magic! You are UNIQUE, you are the only one like you. You have one of a kind fingerprints, not even identical twins have matching ones. You are the outcome of one egg and around 40 million sperm, any other sperm and you would be a different you. You are the only one to see colours the way you do. 

Remember not to compare yourself with others as there is no comparison. And anyway, you would be matching their outsides...

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This week I am talking more about "how-to" live life with fatigue and minimise the impact. I talk through more tools, rules and ideas to help you manage fatigue and conserve your energy.

Here are some of the topics I discuss in this episode.

  • Sleep - whilst it doesn't get rid of fatigue is a good place to start. It means you only have to deal with the fatigue and not tiredness too. 
  • Nutrition - keep hydrated and an even blo...
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    April 22, 2022 28 min

    For a full understanding of what my relaxamations are make sure you catch up with my episode called Relaxamations to relax and energise when living with heart disease, you can read or listen to me explaining it. In a nutshell, though, relaxamations are a blend of all of the best bits of meditation, guided relaxation, mindfulness and positive affirmations.

    Imagine this: If you had $86,400 in an account and someone stole $10 from you...

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    Today I am going to tell you about my relaxamation technique and how it can help you to relax and energise when living with heart disease. </p>

    It is a blend of all of the best bits of meditation, guided relaxation, mindfulness and positive affirmations. It's so exciting to tell you about what a relaxamation is and how it can help. 

    Relaxamations for you to download will be included in my regular mix of podcast episodes so ...

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    I recently asked in my Facebook community how have people been feeling since their cardiac event or diagnosis. The top answers were Fatigue, Sleep Issues, Anxiety and Lack of Motivation.  These I thought would be top topics for me to talk about.

    In this episode, we will be focussing on fatigue.

    • What fatigue feels like.
    • What’s the difference between tiredness and fatigue?
    • Why do we get fatigued, what it is and what causes it?

    You...

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    A few months ago, I invited Brian Simpson, the Heart Attack Thriver to be on my podcast. He turned the tables on me and invited me to be his guest on his IGTV show. He kindly allowed me to use the audio to share some of my story with you. 

    You’ll get to find out why I think I am so lucky despite having my leg in plaster and having a heart attack. Then 8 weeks later having a cancer diagnosis that couldn’t be operated on as my event w...

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    At the age of 36, she was diagnosed with Congestive Heart Failure. Idiopathic Cardiomyopathy and Aortic Stenosis. This was from having an undiagnosed Bicuspid Aortic Valve. 

    Her life was turned upside down. Since then, she has been on a journey to heal her body, mind & soul and reclaim her life.  

    Now she helps others do the same. Heart disease isn't the end of your life. It is a second chance. A chance to learn from the past...

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    In January 2020 Tony decided to change his life and pursue his passion for working as a dog behaviourist. It was probably not the best timing but he made the best of things. Little did he know that in February 2021 his life was turned upside down once again.

    Tony tells us about the day when his heart attack started and how he thought he had COVID, so went home and took himself off to bed. 

    Later after a call to 111, the ambulance was...

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    Ashley specialises in helping people with high cholesterol live a long, healthy life without feeling powerless to control their numbers because of their family history.

    Hear about what Cholesterol is, what is good and bad about it. Ashely explains in terms that makes total sense – Cops & Robbers. 

    We talk about some of the misconceptions and myths about your cholesterol, about diets that reduce or increase cholesterol and her tho...

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    Angela is an exercise coach and a cardiac nurse. In the last seven years, she’s been specialising in cardiac rehabilitation exercise.

    She has quite a unique combination of skills. We chat about how in the UK cardiac rehab is provided for most patients via the NHS and how important it is to have the proper instructions for the wellbeing of our hearts during the healing process and how to achieve it.

    We chat about how in the UK cardiac...

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    Nicky was 44 years old, a fit and healthy mum of 3. She is not the stereotypical candidate for a heart attack. 

    She went to see her doctor as she began to feel unwell, the doctor suggested it was indigestion so Nicky took the recommended Gaviscon unbeknown to her that her symptoms were angina.  

    Nicky shares with us how 5 months later she’d been up all night with chest pain, although it was more in her back than her chest. “It was li...

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    Brian suffered a massive heart attack at the age of 48. Prior to that he was exceptionally healthy and lived a very active life. 

    His heart attack occurred during an Ice Hockey match and he spent 20-25 minutes on his own in the dark unable to move. 

    Did he see the light? Despite there being a number of factors that seemed to make the situation difficult, he was lucky in so many ways including having paramedics having a Tim Hortons co...

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    Sara was fit, healthy and ate a good diet. She had been experiencing regular headaches and stress, at one point thought her blood pressure machine must have been broken. 

     Living in Bristol, she left for a meeting in London, had an early telephone meeting at the station. Then she went on to her business meeting that was the reason for travelling. She has a sense of dread, and indigestions, but didn’t want to draw attention to hersel...

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    Steve Wrigley was flying home when he had a heart attack on the plane. He was fit and healthy, he loved adventure holidays that revolved around cycling. 

    He went with friends he’d met on previous adventures on a trip to Bali. Steve shares his story of amazing luck as he survived two accidents on his bike. Then the third event when he was on his way home. He had a cardiac arrest caused by a heart attack while 30,000 feet up in the sk...

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    Ray was born with Wolff-Parkinson-White Syndrome. This did not affect his quality of life until after he had developed coronary heart disease. He was lucky that by this time, cardiac ablation could be carried out on him. This is one of the rare procedures which cures, rather than treats, a heart problem.

    After years of Ray's CHD being misdiagnosed, a heart attack was correctly diagnosed and coronary artery by-pass surgery was pe...

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    Just before her 50th birthday Tena was admitted to hospital with unstable angina, and this was just the beginning of her story. Tena lives with many cardiac and respiratory chronic illnesses and she shares with us her journey and her coping mechanisms that helped her with her glass half full outlook despite the many changes to her life.

    She talks about her diagnosis and some of the procedures she has undergone, including TOE (Trans...

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    In February 2019, Eliza (aged 20) had a successful heart transplant recipient at Papworth Hospital in Cambridgeshire, UK. It was a life-saving event that focussed her on fundraising and being a patient advocate.

    Eliza explains that she was born with congenital heart disease but didn’t know about it until she was 12.

    What life was like as a teenager and how she coped with having her first pacemaker fitted at 14. 

    She shares what it was...

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    Claire was nominated in 2020 for the BHF Heart Hero Awards. She has contributed in amazing ways to raise awareness of heart failure and has had many TV interviews, been in national papers and BHF publications.

    Claire tells us about her life growing up with type 1 diabetes. 

    Like many women she shares with us how she didn’t realise she was having a heart attack. It was nearly missed but the paramedics that carried out an ECG just in c...

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    Sanjay made a massive difference to my state of mind during the early days of my recovery from my heart attack. A random stranger and an act of random kindness.

    For Sanjay, a series of life challenges culminating in a heart attack by the age of 42 contributed to some hard and fast lessons for Sanjay in how to live a more fulfilled life without sacrificing career, relationships and health.

    He experienced his second heart attack whils...

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    Trying to find direction after a cardiac event.  I discuss how to be able to take action on your unique path of life you need to have direction and focus.

    When our life changes it can feel uncertain and we feel vulnerable. By having direction and taking action we are able to develop and grow so that we can enjoy the feeling of accomplishment.

    Sometimes we know what and where we want to go but then we get stuck and never move forward....

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