Optimism helps nurture healthier hearts

January 11, 2015 5:01 PM

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It's not just an old wise tale that a positive attitude is often associated with better health. SeniorJournal.com reported on Jan. 9, 2015 that the most optimistic older adults have the healthiest hearts. Up through the age of 84 people who have the most positive attitudes are twice as likely tohave the best cardiovascular health.

Lead author Rosalba Hernandez, a professor of social work at the University of Illinois, says people who have the highest levels of optimism have twice the odds of being in good cardiovascular healthin comparison to more pessimistic people. Cardiovascular health in participants was assessed using se...

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