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Vegetarian Diet and Other Common Sense Activities Increase Heart Longevity

 
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Another study through the ]]> Journal of the American College of Cardiology ]]> found that Japanese men with similar cholesterol, blood pressure and diabetes as American men have lower heart disease rates. This may be due to their large consumption of seafood. And seafood has high levels of fatty acids that have antiatherogenic properties.

Specifically, Okinawans have the lowest death rates from heart disease, stroke and cancer than anywhere else in the world. They make sure that they stop eating when they become 80 percent full. That means ]]> Okinawans]]> eat slower, chew longer and eat local, seasonal foods. In addition, the ]]> Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota ]]>, uses music as part of its cardiovascular surgery healing program to "promote relaxation and reduce tension, stress and anxiety." Because music helps these patients relax, it decreases their pain, improves their moods and helps them to sleep better, especially during recovery.

Also, ]]> laughter ]]> is the best medicine for you heart, states ]]> Dr. Miller ]]>, a director of the Center for Preventive Cardiology at the University of Maryland Medical Center and a professor of medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. Specific explanations as to why are not known but all the studies suggest that laughter may play a role in preventing heart disease. Finally,]]> red wine ]]>, rich in antioxidants, is also a possible protector against heart disease, although no definitive studies have been done.

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