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Relaxing Protects Your Heart
You've probably heard that stress can seriously up your risk of <a href="http://www.webmd.com/balance/stress-management/features/10-fixable-stress-related-health-problems" target="_hplink">high blood pressure, heart attacks and other heart problems</a>.
While researchers aren't sure exactly why, the research is unanimously in favor of <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/02/21/manage-stress-and-help-your-heart-_n_825161.html#s242537&title=Focus_On_Relaxation" target="_hplink">relaxation for your heart's sake</a>. "There are studies to show that stress is comparable to other risk factors that we traditionally think of as major, like hypertension, poor diet and lack of exercise," Kathi Heffner, Ph.D., assistant professor of psychiatry at the Rochester Center for Mind-Body Research at the University of Rochester Medical Center in New York, told Health.com.
Intense, sudden periods of stress or shock, like a breakup or even winning the lottery, can trigger such a rush of adrenaline that the heart can't function properly, resulting in heart failure or heart attack-like symptoms. In the case of a breakup or death of a loved one, this has become known as <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/11/16/women-more-likely-to-have_0_n_1097887.html" target="_hplink">broken heart syndrome</a>.
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