Features October 2016 Issue

Laugh More for Heart Health

Laugh More for Heart Health

The cardiovascular benefits of laughter are more valuable than you think.

There is plenty of truth in the idea that laughing actually has medicinal value. And the heart is one of the main recipients of that joyful prescription. “The benefits of laughter cannot be understated,” says Cleveland Clinic cardiologist Benicio Barzalai, MD. “Laughter leads to an immediate reduction in the body’s negative response to stress and causes the blood vessels of the body—including the heart—to increase blood flow as needed.”

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