Healthy Heart Thrives On Optimism, Research Suggests

January 11, 2015 10:54 AM

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Healthy Heart Thrives On Optimism, Research Suggests

Optimism is the key to cardiovascular health, says a new research. Association between optimism and heart health has been proved through a study including more than 5,100 adults. Lead author Rosalba Hernandez, a professor of social work at the University of Illinois said “Individuals with the highest levels of optimism have twice the odds of being in ideal cardiovascular health compared to their more pessimistic counterparts.” Hernandez also added “This association remains significant, even after adjusting for socio-demographic characteristics and poor mental health.”

Seven metrics namely blood pressure, fasting plasma glucose and serum cholesterol levels, body mass index, physical activity, dietary intake and tobacco use were used for the assessment of the cardiovascular health of the participants. The American Heart Association also uses the same metrics to def...

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