A gift of roses has always been considered the way to a woman’s heart, but growing roses may prove to be a more heart-healthy approach. In the Archives of Internal Medicine, April 2000, researchers reported evidence that 60 minutes per week of moderate-intensity activity, such as gardening, lowers heart attack risk by 66 percent. The conclusions were drawn from a study involving 333 heart attack patients, as compared with 503 subjects who had not experienced heart attacks.
Those in high-stress jobs are often the first to forgo a formal vacation. Don’t do it. Researchers found the chances of an at-risk, middle-aged man dying from a heart attack are reduced by one-third when he takes an annual sojourn. The results, reported at an American Psychosomatic Society meeting, back the researchers’ deduction that vacation time away from the office helps reduce stress, thereby facilitating sound health.