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Today's Heart Tip: Laugh

Alli Vander Lugt, BSN, RN, CMSRN
Telemetry Unit Nurse
St. Luke’s Boise
By Anna Fritz, Health and Wellness
February 6, 2014

Go ahead and laugh! Laughter leads to the release of nitric oxide, which dilates the vessels and reduces inflammation. The dilation is similar to the effects of aerobic exercise or cholesterol-lowering drugs, but more immediate. Laughter also reduces stress hormones and boosts the immune system. And it feels great!

Alli's heart advice: “There are so many small ways to start improving one's health! Everyone can find an activity they enjoy and set a goal to participate in that activity at least 3 to 5 times a week. Setting goals helps keep you motivated to exercise, and boosts your self-confidence when the goals are accomplished.”

February is Heart Month, so kick start your best year yet with 28 days of heart health. Every day in February St. Luke’s will send a heart health tip directly to your email. It’s easy to subscribe!

We’re also offering 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.