Tips to Protect Your Heart
Have more sex
Getting busy at least twice a week can reduce your risk for heart disease by lowering blood pressure and reducing stress, says obgyn Andrew Scheinfeld, M.D., a clinical instructor at New York University Langone Medical Center. Youll still be helping your heart even if you never reach the Big O; researchers suspect that just being aroused can trigger your brain to release hormones such as dehydroepiandrosterone , which may improve circulatorysystem function and boost cardiac performance.
No partner? No worries. I encourage my patients to take matters into their own hands, says Scheinfeld. And science backs him up. Numerous studies show that women who experience increased sexual frequency and satisfactionwith a mate or on their ownhave a greater resistance to heart disease.