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Five tips to keep your heart healthy and happy

Chances are, one of your New Year's resolutions is to get fit, and that means staying heart healthy.

In this Health Minute, John Lisk looks at five ways to keep your ticker going strong.

A healthy heart means healthy arteries, and healthy blood pressure. When arteries become clogged from cholesterol and fat, they shut off blood flow that's needed to keep the body running and the heart pumping. When blood pressure is high, it can weaken the heart and other organs.

So, what are some of the best ways to keep the heart in top shape? Read labels. Doctors say look at what you are eating, especially when it comes to trans fats.

And, try a little laughter. Researchers still say that laughter can sometimes be the best medicine, especially for your cardiovascular system.

Some researchers have found that music can have the same effect. Studies have shown that listening to your favorite music opens up your vessels, much like laughter does.

And, move. A brisk walk for 30 minutes every day can also make a big difference.

And, doctors say, to say in touch with friends. Studies have shown that being socially active gets ride of stress, and losing stress can reduce your risk of heart disease by 25 to 30%.

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