Harvard Heart Letter

Take a breather

Simple breathing techniques may help you to better manage heart-related issues. Maybe you’re already in the habit of taking a deep breath to calm down when you’re feeling fed up or frustrated. But a regular practice of focused breathing might offer even bigger rewards. “Stress directly affects blood flow to the heart muscle, and any technique people can use to lower stress will benefit the heart,” says Dr. Kimberly Parks, a cardiologist at Harvard-affiliated…

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