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Today's Heart Tip: Enjoy Dark Chocolate

Melinda Marks, MD
Cardiologist/Electrophysiologist
St. Luke’s Clinic – Idaho Cardiology Associates
Treasure Valley
By Anna Fritz, Health and Wellness
February 22, 2014

Enjoy a little dark chocolate. It's good for your heart. Eating an ounce of dark chocolate 2-3 times a week may help lower blood pressure, improve blood flow, reduce inflammation, prevent the formation of blood clots, and keep your blood vessels healthy. Dark chocolate is high in potassium, copper, and magnesium, which help prevent against stroke, heart disease, and diabetes.

Dr. Marks' heart advice: Try to get your heart rate up every day through exercise and activity. Even if it's only 20 minutes, it will make a measurable improvement in your heart health, your mood, and your energy level.

February is Heart Month, so join us for Free Heart Seminars throughout the month. Click here to find one in your area.

About The Author

Anna Fritz is a writer and editor with St. Luke’s Communications and Marketing.