Constipation: A connection to heart disease?

To be on the safe side, take steps to avoid straining.

constipation a connection to heart disease
Avoid constipation and treat it with a healthy diet, good exercise habits —and laxatives, if needed.
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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 constipation and cardiovascular disease.

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