Heart disease is (still) the number-one killer of women in the United States, so it's important to keep your ticker in shape.
1. Dogs Provide More Heart-Boosting Benefits Than Other Pets.
The American Heart Association says that although having any household pet may help lower heart-disease risk, Fido is your best bet because dog owners often get more exercise, by walking and playing fetch, for example, than folks who have other pets.
2. Wine, Vacations and Flu Shots Can Ward Off Heart Problems.
Many aspects of our lives are tied to heart health. The flu, for instance, causes inflammation and can result in blocked blood vessels. A recent study found that those who got the vaccine had a 36 percent lower risk of having a major cardiac event the next year. Regular moderate alcohol consumption-one to two glasses of wine or beer per day-has been linked to lower incidence of cardiovascular disease, while vacations lower stress levels