Amazing How Love Affects Your Heart Health

Surrounding yourself with healthy & loving relationships can benefit your cardiovascular health.

Since February is a month dedicated to celebrating LOVE and heart health awareness I thought it would be interesting to explore how love affects our heart health.

Does your heart beat faster when you are around the person you love? That feeling of excitement and happiness does more than just make you feel good, it's actually good for your heart health.

Social Support

All types of love can benefit your heart. It's not only romantic love that can improve your heart health. Close relationships like family and friends also play important factor in your heart health. Researchers investigated many situations of cardiac bypass patients and those who had good social support had a better recovery and survival rate.

The Love of a Pet

There are even proven benefits of owning a four legged friend. Pet ownership also helps people live longer and have a better survival rate after surgery. This relationship had been looked at in both dogs and cats. Both animals definitely help in the survival rate because of their unconditional love.

Sex Appeal

Hey, if you can't make it to the gym, try fooling around. Your heart will definitely thank you! Not to mention the calories you will burn. By some estimates, a vigorous sex session can double a person's heart rate to burn upwards of 200 calories, or the equivalent of a brisk 15 minute walk. It may be just what the doc ordered.

A Broken Heart Isn't Good For The Heart

While having love in your life; a broken heart can sometimes have physical side effects. "Broken heart syndrome" is a very real disorder. This is typically a short term issue where the heart is suddenly enlarged and has a difficult time pumping blood. It is usually reversible but usually take several weeks but can also be fatal.

Celebrate the love of thy self and embrace the love from others. And those who cause you stress, listen to your heart and do what's best.

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