Optimism helps heart health, according to new study

January 10, 2015 8:13 PM

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Optimism helps heart health, according to new study

The study looked at 5,100 adults between the ages of 45 and 84, and the researchers had the participants complete surveys to assess their mental health and level of optimism.

Researchers also looked into their blood pressure, body mass index, fasting plasma glucose, cholesterol levels, physical activity, diet and tobacco use -- seven metrics used by the American Heart Association to assess cardiovascular health. Participants were given scores of 0, 1 or 2 representing po...

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