Vacations are literally good for your heart

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People who take more vacations have a lower risk of heart disease, according to a new study.

Researchers at Syracuse University interviewed more than 60 subjects about their vacation habits in the prior year.

They also evaluated whether the subjects had metabolic syndrome, that is, whether they displayed multiple symptoms associated with cardiovascular problems, including high measurements of waist circumference, blood pressure, triglyceride level, HDL cholesterol level and glucose level.

“What we found is that people who vacation more frequently in the past 12 months have a lowered risk for metabolic syndrome and metabolic symptoms,” says lead author Bryce Hruska, an assistant professor of public health at Syracuse’s Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics.

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