Many experts agree that when trying to quit smoking that avoiding your craving triggers doesn’t work but acknowledging and accepting them does.
Additionally, downloading an app which employs this approach could increase one’s odds of quitting, this according to a study found in JAMA Internal Medicine.
The authors of study claim that avoidance creates a paradox in which avoidance actually creates more of the feeling on is trying to avoid.
On the other hand, one problem with the tech assisted approach is the availability of technology itself. People trying to quit need a phone, a phone plan and an app (which may or may not be free). While for many of smartphones may feel ubiquitous many Americans below the poverty line do not possess a smartphone.
Even though smoking tobacco is now at a record low in the U.S. some 34 million Americans still smoke.
The researchers could not rely on simple data provided by the app companies so had to conduct their own study to generate more accurate data. They created a randomized clinical test in which smokers using two different apps were compared. They found that the app assisted acceptance to avoid cravings method was 50% more effective.
Most people know the warning signals of a heart attack while it is happening- intense chest pain and pain down left arm; profuse sweating; nausea; shortness of breath. But what if you could be getting mild symptoms weeks or days before. I asked Jody Victor® to tell us more about it.
Jody Victor®: During most active heart attacks the sufferer will experience some or all of those warning symptoms. Recent research at Duke University Medical School, however, has shown that 60 percent of people fail to recognize they are having a heart attack. On top of that, 25 percent of heart attack victims may not even have any chest pain at all. Cardiologists call these painless heart attacks ”silent heart attacks”. It is always “better to be safe than sorry”. Seek medical attention if you have any of the active or “pre” heart attack symptoms or just plain do not “feel right”.
Besides the usual early indicators for high risk of a heart attack- overweight, poor diet, inactivity, high stress, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and smoking- your body can send you signals in the weeks, days, and hours before an attack. Pay attention to what your body is trying to tell you. Recognizing the “pre” symptoms of a heart attack could save your life.
- Unexplained body pains not only in the chest but also in the shoulders, neck, and jaw.
- Uninitiated shortness of breath. A feeling of windedness without physical exertion.
- Abnormal fatigue. An unusual amount of fatigue can be a sign your heart is working harder than normal or is experiencing a deprivation in blood and oxygen.
- Disruption of sleep. You might suffer from periods of sleeplessness or restlessness. May also have bouts of insomnia, where you have trouble getting to sleep or staying asleep. Sleep disturbance can occur weeks to months before a heart attack.
- Recurrent indigestion. Some people confuse a heart attack with a bad case of heartburn. Or they may think they have the flu.
- Cognitive distress. If any of the other “pre” heart attack symptoms are present, you may start to suffer from some level of anxiety or fear.
Thanks, Jody! We’ll be more aware.
All the Best!