Two-way street between your heart and your health, from the Harvard Heart Letter

Once thought of as a solitary pump, the heart is now known to affect, and be affected by, virtually all parts of the body. A special section of the September 2009 issue of the Harvard Heart Letter explores interactions between the heart, brain, lungs, skin, bones, sex organs, and other parts of the body. Some of the connections reflect the widespread impact of artery-clogging atherosclerosis. Others underscore the intimate relationships among body parts. The Harvard Heart Letter special section also discusses connections between the heart and bones, the liver, the testes and ovaries, teeth and gums, thyroid gland, and other parts of the body. Read an excerpt from the Special Section: "Cardiovascular Connections"
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