20 Surprising Ways You May Be Harming Your Heart

There's more to preventing heart disease than eating right and getting enough exercise (22 Photos)

Laura Flynn McCarthy on Oct 25, 2011 at 12:54PM

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20 Surprising Ways You May Be Harming Your Heart

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Not Going on Vacation

You already know that vacations can help you de-stress and relax. But there’s also evidence that not going on vacation may raise your risk for heart disease. In the 1990s, a 20-year study of about 750 women revealed that those who vacation less than once every six years had a 50 to 100 percent greater risk of heart attack compared with women who vacationed twice a year. More recently, data from the Wisconsin Women’s Health Study found that women who take vacations frequently are less likely to become tense, depressed or tired and are more satisfied with their marriages -- all psychological boosts that may reduce heart disease risk.

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