Harvard Heart Letter

Constipation: A connection to heart disease?

Chronic constipation has been linked to a slightly higher risk of dying of cardiovascular disease. One possible explanation: infrequent bowel movements lead to straining, which can raise blood pressure, stressing the heart and blood vessels. Many medications (especially painkillers) can promote constipation. Eating more fiber, drinking plenty of fluids, and getting regular exercise can help. 
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