Harvard Heart Letter
Constipation: A connection to heart disease?
To be on the safe side, take steps to avoid straining. Nearly everyone has “occasional irregularity,” as the laxative commercials say. But about one in five adults copes with a more chronic form of constipation, which is commonly defined as hard, dry, and small bowel movements that are painful or difficult to pass, and often occur less than three times a week. Now, new research hints of a possible link be-tween