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Study: Love helps you live longer

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It's all about love on Valentine's Day and as it turns out, love has a very good affect on you heart.  

It's the holiday that surrounds us with romance and red hearts, but did you know Cupid's arrow brings a real benefit to your body?

"When people are in a happy, loving, stable relationship they live longer, studies have shown they live longer," said Dr. David Haines, with Beaumont Health System. "Studies have shown happily married patients have a greater longevity than people who aren't married."

Love is like a drug. It can jump start your immune system and keep the bulge at bay- couples who exercise together are more physically fit.

Plus, human touch has been proven to help reduce pain.

However, when things go south, so does your health.

A bad breakup, a death or extreme sadness can cause what's called "Broken Heart Syndrome." It feels like a heart attack and looks like a heart attack on the EKG, but there's no blockage.

"What we know from MRI data is the heart muscle swells up, it's a swollen heart," said Haines.

So on the day that celebrates hearts and love, remember along with your low cholesterol diet and jog  on the treadmill, add a little romance to the recipe and your body will thank you.

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