And learn about the importance of managing stress, living healthy and feeling beautiful!
SK: Do you think that the reason so many women are suffering from heart disease today is because of the increasing amount of stress in our lives?
SS: There is an increased incidence of heart disease for women under the age of 55. A study of several thousand women has shown that job stress increases the risk of heart disease by 35%. The increased stress in our lives is wreaking havoc, in so many ways, leading to unhealthy behaviors and lifestyles, and most importantly, is leading to heart disease.
SK: What is your best advice to women managing stress?
SS: We all have stress. All of us. It is not going to go away. All women just need to understand that they have to learn to manage their stress to deal with it, and that shouldn’t be something they plan to do- it is something that needs to be a part of their lives every single day.
SK: What are your best tips for reducing stress?
SS: Breathing is crucial and one of the most important ways to manage stress. Either yoga, meditation, or even singing, just make sure you spend time learning how to breathe. So, when things get stressful, you can fall back on this important relaxation technique in order to help to lower your blood pressure and heart rate, so you can minimize your stress response.
SK: What inspired you to be a cardiologist?
SS: 80% to 90% of heart disease is preventable — I wanted to be a cardiologist to prevent people from ever getting sick. I thought it was the most empowering role I could have in caring for patients.
SK: You just came out with your first book — what do you hope people come away with after reading it?
SS: My book is for women (and men) of all ages. Dr. Suzanne Steinbaum’s Heart Book: Every Woman’s Guide to a Heart-Healthy Life is the first book on heart health that truly shows the connection between the mind and the heart, and the role that stress plays in overall health. It also gives prescriptions on how to best live the healthiest life, by knowing exactly who you are and what you need. If you know yourself, and learn what makes you and your heart feel healthy, and you live from the heart, then you can figure out the best ways to take care of yourself from diet to exercise and stress management. Stress and how we feel and think, and choose to live, all play a role in the development of heart health and cannot be underestimated. It is never too early and never to late to take charge of your life.
SK: Today, there are so many people speaking to the connection between health and beauty. What does that mean to you?
SS: We know that beauty radiates from the inside out. When someone is healthy, from the mind, body and spirit, their beauty is undeniable. Having that internal sense of health and wellness is what really maintains ultimate beauty. Without health, beauty is very hard to hold onto. I have a term I call “Self Care” which is that moment you take out of your day to take care of and pamper yourself. Self-care is so important. Skincare isn’t just vanity it’s that ‘time out,’ that self care for yourself that is so necessary and important. It’s that calm and balance which radiates on the outside. Beauty really is a reflection of your internal health and wellness. The morning is the only time when I really ‘nurture myself’, I have a beauty routine which is key to making the transition from wakefulness to ‘on-the-go’ mode. It is a part of the day I truly look forward to and sets me up for the rest of the day. I truly believe that self care leads to confidence and higher self esteem.
SK: Who is your beauty icon?
SS: My beauty icon is Katherine Hepburn in The African Queen. She is sort of messy but strong and independent. She “lived with the heart” and “led with the heart”, I think that’s true beauty.
SK: Since skin is the window into your inner health, can you tell how one of your patients is doing based on how their skin looks?
SS: The skin tone and texture and hue can often give a sense of what is going on in the inside. I can always tell if someone smokes just by looking at his/her skin. Skin is a reflection of health in so many ways. There is the normal aging process, and then there is evidence of un-health that goes beyond aging that is so easy to spot. Skin is what gives women their radiate glow and without heart health and overall well-being, including the mind and body, then the skin is the first to show signs of it.
SK: What do you do to take care of your skin?
SS: For me, making sure I cleanse my skin is crucial. Getting off makeup and the toxins of New York is a must! As I age, moisturizing seems to be more and more important. But, also, my skin care is about the foods I eat, and I stay away from saturated fats and dairy. I think that has a lot to do with it!
SK: What are your favorite skyn ICELAND products?
SS: I love Skyn Iceland Glacial Face Wash. It makes my face feel clean and fresh. I also am so sensitive to scents and I love the smell of the wash. It is a great way to start my day! Hydro Cool Firming Gel Pads for my eyes are a must have. Sleep is always a challenging part of a busy life, and the eye gel pads calm down those sometimes puffy eyes when I don’t get enough rest!
Additional Comments from Dr. Steinbaum:
The heart is the center of our own personal universe. It allows us to feel joy, happiness, sadness, anger, frustration, anxiety, stress, and all the emotions that we have in our minds. How we feel plays a role in our overall health and matters when it comes to taking care of ourselves. If we learn how to live from our hearts, and pay attention to what we need, then knowing how to eat, how much exercise we need, the amount of sleep that we crave, and the best ways to have relationships becomes a simpler task. I wish that all people learn to write their own Heart Books, like I wrote mine, in order to stay as healthy, vital and beautiful as they can. My challenge to everyone is to learn about your heart and to nurture it as much as you can, because how you look and the health of your skin, starts with your heart.
Learn more about Dr. Suzanne Steinbaum on her website, www.srsheart.com.