Vacations are good for your heart

Taking more vacation time improves the health of the heart.

Vacations are good for your heart
Vacations are good for your heart

by Syracuse University

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  • People who take frequent vacations have less metabolic symptoms and a lower risk of cardiovascular disease.

“What we found is that people who vacation more frequently in the past 12 months have a lowered risk for metabolic syndrome and metabolic symptoms. Metabolic syndrome is a collection of risk factors for cardiovascular disease. If you have more of them, you are at higher risk of cardiovascular disease. This is important because we are actually seeing a reduction in the risk for cardiovascular disease the more vacationing a person does. Because metabolic symptoms are modifiable, it means they can change or be eliminated.” - Bryce Hruska, assistant professor of public health.

vacations are good for the heart

  • By some estimates fewer than half full time employees utilize all the vacation time available to them.

“Our research suggests that if people use more of this benefit, one that’s already available to them, it would translate into a tangible health benefit.” - Bryce Hruska