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Philosophers have beaten their substantial brains out for centuries trying to figure out the definition of love. But medical science seems to have a bead on what love is.

Love is healthy.

Love, it turns out, is good for your heart. Try to remember that the next time your blood pressure goes up while you and your spouse argue.

As explained to The Chronicle recently by Mindy Gentry, medical director for the Women's Cardiovascular Program at Medical College of Georgia Hospital, a strong support system from a significant other helps lessen the effects of negative strain on your heart. Folks with love in their lives have fewer recurrent heart attacks and die less frequently from heart ailments.

Not exactly catchy words for a greeting card, but they're literally words to live by. Maybe that's why, when you're with that special someone on Valentine's Day, it's good to be alive.

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Riverman1 02/13/09 - 06:11 am
Yeah, but some women can make

Yeah, but some women can make their men rather have their chests cracked and triple coronary artery bypass surgery.

patriciathomas 02/13/09 - 06:44 am
I'm glad I'm in love so I'll

I'm glad I'm in love so I'll die less frequently. At the moment, I'm so in love that I expect to die only once.

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