There’s nothing like getting away on a vacation. Now, R & R allows you to get away from your cares, but you shouldn’t leave your health behind too. According to at least one study, a vacation could land you in the emergency room.
Researchers studied those who suffered a heart attack while on vacation. They found heart attacks were twice as likely in those who took their vacation by car—and ten times more likely if they stayed in a tent.
Now, I’m not trying to discourage taking vacations, because most studies show the benefits far outweigh the risks. In fact, I consider vacations, especially family vacations and camping, a form of preventive medicine.
However, if you have high blood pressure or other risk factors for heart disease, you may want to consider flying or taking a train, plus choosing more comfortable accommodations. Take a vacation that is safe for you.
Here are some of my other blogs on the topic:
- Make Family Vacations A Healthy Memory
- Overworking the Heart
- Long work hours linked to increased heart risks
- Shift workers face increased risk of heart attack, stroke
- Study: Working overtime increases heart risk
- Job-related stress increases heart attack risk
- Taking small breaks from sitting may help heart and metabolic health
© Copyright WLL, INC. 2013. This blog provides a wide variety of general health information only and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment from your regular physician. If you are concerned about your health, take what you learn from this blog and meet with your personal doctor to discuss your concerns.