The symptoms of heart disease can be: fatigue; pain; shortness of breath; and a faster heart beat. Mmm... wait a minute, maybe I have a heart condition too. I have, at times, suffered with these same tell tale signs. As soon as I have a stressful day, argue with someone, get my feelings hurt, become overwhelmed... voila - my shoulders round forward, chest caves in and I walk around as if I'm protecting a diamond in a vault. NO ONE is getting in.
The issue is not that we have negative feelings at times, but that we learn to release that which is causing us to stay bound up. The heart yearns to be connected to people and experiences, and so if we take away that ability, it can start to die off. The level of emotional discomfort we feel when we disassociate ourselves out of fear of being hurt again, causes us to be exhausted, stressed, anxious and in pain.
We may not end up in the hospital from this, but it certainly can build up to a point where we may want to "check" our inner self out. Once we go to a place within ourselves that is uncomfortable and difficult... we know we are making progress. What do we need to stay open and connected? If we practice - letting go; not worrying about things we can't change; and forgiving... we'll be on the right track. Once we've moved through the difficult time, we can take a quick peak back, with pride, at the almost invisible scar, and remember we worked through something difficult and came out the other side a whole lot stronger.