Make your home more heart-healthy
from Mother Nature Network
By now, you know that you can reduce your risk of heart disease by making lifestyle changes, such as staying active, eating healthy and quitting smoking. However, there are small tweaks you can make around the house that will help reduce your risk even more. To find out how, check out the room-by-room guide and discover why home is where the (healthy) heart is. For your bathroom: Brush and floss. The American Academy of Periodontology recognizes a variety of research showing a link between heart disease and periodontal disease. In fact, some studies have found that people with periodontal disease are almost twice as likely to suffer from heart disease as those without it. According to Nancy Rosen, D.M.D., a dentist in Manhattan and a former clinical instructor at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital, the excess bacteria can attach to artery walls and contribute to obstruction-causing clots.
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