by Matt Alderton | February 09, 2017
Heart disease is the No. 1 cause of death in the United States, killing approximately 787,000 people every year, according to the Heart Foundation, which says someone has a heart attack every 34 seconds in the United States.

If you want to avoid being a statistic, there are lots of things you can do to improve your heart health, from eating a more balanced diet to getting more exercise. One thing you can do immediately, however -- like, tonight -- is reduce your stress, according to contributor Jessica Stillman.

According to Stillman, a simple, fast, and effective way to improve your heart health is refusing to check your email at night.

"The more you check email the more likely you are to get sick," Stillman says. "That's the bottom-line takeaway of a recent post on the Association for Psychological Science blog, highlighting a handful of new studies on the effects of afterhours email. Predictably, this research shows that being electronically tethered to your job 24/7 is stressful, and can lead to burnout and exhaustion."

And those can lead to heart disease.

"Here's the money sentence from the APS post: 'The results revealed that people who reported more after hours contact from work also reported higher rates of health issues, such as musculoskeletal pain and cardiovascular conditions,'" Stillman reports. "Or to put it even more bluntly: The more you check email after hours, the more likely you are to end up sick."

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